Pakistan accuses US of treating it like 'whipping boy' as terror row grows

Pakistan accuses US of treating it like 'whipping boy' as terror row grows

Foreign minister says two countries have no alliance after Washington suspends almost $1bn in security assistance

Pakistan has said it is being treated like a “whipping boy” and has no alliance with the US after Washington suspended at least $900m (£660m) in security assistance to the country for failing to take “decisive action” against terrorist networks.

The funding freeze announced on Thursday, along with a decision the same day to place Pakistan on a watchlist for “severe violations of religious freedom”, is the most forceful US effort in years to pressure Islamabad to rein in militant groups operating in the country.

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