Saturday, 21 April, 2018

Pakistan Rejects Trump's Criticism, Says It Can't Be Blamed for 'Collective Failure'

US President Donald Trump US President Donald Trump
Kenny Thornton | 13 January, 2018, 03:04

"They give safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan, with little help".

The White House said that it would continue to withhold $255 million in military aid to Pakistan out of frustration over what it has characterized as Islamabad's obstinacy in confronting terrorist networks.

The calls to Capitol Hill came a day after Washington accused Pakistan of playing a "double game" on fighting terrorism and warned Islamabad it would have to do more if it wanted to maintain USA aid.

'We are ready to publicly provide details of the U.S. aid that has been received by the country, ' said the minister, adding that Mr Trump was disappointed with the United States defeat in Afghanistan and was accusing Pakistan in retaliation.

Asif in a tweet challenged President Trump's claim that the USA has given Pakistan more than USD 33 billion dollars as aid over the last 15 years, saying verification by an audit firm would prove the U.S. president wrong.

Pakistan's Urdu language Geo Television quoted Asif as saying: "We have already said "no more" to America, so Trump's "no more" has no importance".

In countering US criticism, Pakistan says it has launched military operations to push out militants from its soil and that 17,000 Pakistanis have died fighting militants or in bombings and other attacks since 2001. "They overlook cross-border safe havens of terrorists who murder Pakistanis".

But that will have to change, and that will change immediately, ' Trump said in an August speech announcing a new strategy to combat terror in Afghanistan.

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Islamabad responded to Trump's tweet by saying it does not need the United States aid, and by denouncing Washington's financial assistance as "paltry".

The committee, in a statement issued by the prime minister's office, did not name Trump but spoke of "deep disappointment" at a slew of critical comments from USA officials over the past few months. "Pakistanis have spent billions of rupees and sacrificed the lives of many soldiers for the war on terror", which "impacted the whole world and wasn't just" some local conflict.

US President Donald Trump apparently decided not to start the New Year with a clean slate, opting to re-ignite old disputes instead.

Pakistani officials, including Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif, responded on Twitter that the country would make clear "the difference between facts and fiction". "We do not need any financial assistance from the United States".

On Monday, after Donald Trump tweeted slamming Pakistan.

Islamabad has repeatedly dismissed United States assertions that it's harboring terrorists and doing too little to fight extremists. Khan, who is a cricket superstar in Pakistan and the leader of the political opposition, said Trump was "ignorant and ungrateful".

U.S. Senator Rand Paul said on Twitter he would lead the charge in the Senate to end aid to Pakistan.

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