A wave of anger is sweeping Pakistan over President Donald Trump's tweet, prompting several analysts to express the fear that bilateral relations might be irreparably damaged unless it is controlled immediately.
Jitendra Singh, a junior minister in the Indian Prime Minister's office, said Trump's posturing has "vindicated India's stand as far as terror is concerned and as far as Pakistan's role in perpetrating terrorism is concerned".
In August, Trump warned that Pakistan had "much to lose" if it failed to cooperate with the U.S.in Afghanistan. The US president vowed to stop providing financial aid for Pakistan.
Nauert said secretary of state Rex Tillerson and defence secretary Jim Mattis, who visited Pakistan in the last couple of months, had conveyed the same message to Pakistani leadership. "We are feeling sorry they are not happy, but we will not compromise on our dignity anymore", said Asif.
Washington has confirmed it will withhold $255 million in USA military aid to Pakistan this year, a threat it issued last August when Trump announced his Afghan policy, which took aim at neighboring Pakistan and demanded an end to Islamabad's alleged support for the Afghan Taliban.
The Indian-American diplomat said the aid issue was connected exclusively to Pakistan's harbouring of terrorists.
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