On Saturday, the US President Donald Trump said that Washington was building a better relationship with Pakistan and its leaders. His comments came days after Pakistan saved an American-Canadian family from the Haqqani network, five years later being abducted. “Starting to develop a much better relationship with Pakistan and its leaders. I want to thank them for their cooperation on many fronts,” Trump said on Twitter.
US President Trump said that Pakistan had taken great advantage of the US for years, but America was now starting to have a “real relationship” with Islamabad. The abducted family, American citizen Caitlan Coleman and her Canadian husband Joshua Boyle, along with their three children, were rescued from the Haqqani network on Thursday. The US President has welcomed the release of hostages, adding that it was a “positive moment” for the two-sided relations with Pakistan. Trump had said on Thursday that Pakistan government had started respecting the US and expected to unite with them in counter-terrorism efforts.
“The Pakistani government’s cooperation is a sign that it is honouring America’s wish that it do more to provide security in the region,” Trump had said, as per the Reuters. These comments by the US President show some big changes in the US’ attitude towards the Pakistan. Trump had criticized Pakistan for protecting militants in August this year. “For its part, Pakistan often gives safe haven to agents of chaos, violence, and terror, it has much to lose by continuing to harbour criminals and terrorists,” Trump had said in the past. While commenting on the fact that the US was paying Pakistan, he had said in the past that “billions and billions of dollars at the same time they are housing the very terrorists that we are fighting”.