Pakistan responded to US President Donald Trump’s “Lies and deceit” tweet, telling the United States to stop blaming Pakistan for its failures in Afghanistan. Pakistan chose the same way of Twitter to deliver his response, where president Trump started the New Year, by smashing Pakistan for playing US leaders for fools and availing safe havens to terrorists.
He tweeted, “No more.”
The United States has foolishly given Pakistan more than 33 billion dollars in aid over the last 15 years, and they have given us nothing but lies & deceit, thinking of our leaders as fools. They give safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan, with little help. No more!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 1, 2018
In the last 15 years and yet, the US had given Pakistan 33 billion dollars in aid, He stated, Pakistan had “given us nothing but lies and deceit, thinking of our leaders as fools.”
After some hours, saying the fate of such assistance will depend on Islamabad’s response to terrorism on its soil, the Trump administration held over $255 million military aid to Pakistan for now.
A senior administration official told PTI on conditions of anonymity, “The United States does not plan to spend the USD 255 million in FY 2016 in Foreign Military for Pakistan at this time.”
Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif sharply said that his government was formulating a response that “will let the world know the truth”. Later, as per Pakistan’s Dawn Newspaper, Pakistan Foreign Office summoned the US Ambassador but there was no word from the foreign office on the agenda of this unexpected meeting.
On Twitter, Pakistan Defence and Information Minister fire back at Donald Trump.
Pakistan’s Defence Minister Khurram Dastgir Khan said that the US had received for “free land and air communication, military basis and intelligence cooperation that demolished Al-Qaeda for 17 years, but they had given us nothing but mistrust and invective.”
Pak as anti-terror ally has given free to US: land & air communication, military bases & intel cooperation that decimated Al-Qaeda over last 16yrs, but they have given us nothing but invective & mistrust. They overlook cross-border safe havens of terrorists who murder Pakistanis.
— Pak Minister Defence (@PakMnstrDefence) January 1, 2018
He added, “They overlook cross-border safe havens of terrorists who murder Pakistanis.”
Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting, Marriyum Aurangzeb, joined in, hitting back at the Trump administration, she voiced there had been no ambiguity about Pakistan’s unmatched sacrifices and the United State should not shift the charge for its failure in Afghanistan on Pakistan.
Later, media reports quoted Pakistan Foreign Minister’s interview to Geo television in an Urdu- language interview that ended the same point. Claiming that all funds from the US had been ‘properly audited’ and that services (were) rendered, He asked the United States to hold “Its own people accountable for its failures in Afghanistan.”
US-Pakistan treaties have chilled progressively under Mr Trump, who declared in August that “Pakistan often gives safe haven to agents of chaos, violence and other terror.”
Previous Indian Ambassador to Afghanistan Vivek Katju told NDTV that it was probably that a cut in aid, even if it were to happen, would not be enough to get Pakistan to deliver on terror.
He added, “If Trump wants to bring Pakistan to heel, he will have to apply far greater pressure.”