ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday again responding to US President Donald Trump’s “tirade against Pakistan” said that Pakistan has suffered enough fighting the US s war. Now we will do what is best for our people and our interests.
Responding to United States President Donald Trump’s provocative statement on Twitter, Prime Minister Imran Khan said, “Trump’s false assertions add insult to the injury Pak has suffered in US WoT in terms of lives lost & destabilised & economic costs. He needs to be informed abt historical facts. Pak has suffered enough fighting US s war. Now we will do what is best for our people & our interests.”
Earlier, taking strong exception to US President Donald Trump’s diatribe against Pakistan, Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday lashed out at US President Donald Trump following his remarks that Pakistan doesn’t “do a damn thing” for the United States despite billions of dollars in US aid for the South Asian nation.
The premier took to popular micro-blogging website Twitter and said, “Instead of making Pakistan a scapegoat for their failures, the US should do a serious assessment of why, despite 140000 NATO troops plus 250,000 Afghan troops & reportedly $1 trillion spent on war in Afghanistan, the Taliban today are stronger than before.”
Khan said Pakistan had borne the brunt of the United States’ war on terror, which focused on militants that straddle the Afghanistan-Pakistan tribal belt.
“No Pakistani was involved in 9/11 but Pak decided to participate in US War on Terror,” Khan said. “Pakistan suffered 75,000 casualties in this war & over $123bn was lost to economy. US “aid” was a minuscule $20 bn.”
Khan also pointed out that Pakistan continued to provide its roads and air space for the re-supply for more than 10,000 US troops currently based in Afghanistan.
“Can Mr Trump name another ally that gave such sacrifices?”
The friction threatens to further worsen already fragile relations between Islamabad and Washington, on-off allies who have repeatedly clashed about the war in Afghanistan and Pakistan’s alleged support for Islamist militants.
Ever since Trump’s ‘unexpected’ rise to power, the relations between Islamabad and Washington have dipped to new low as United States continues to put blame of its failures in war-torn Afghanistan on Pakistan.
In 2018 only, the deaths of Afghanistan security forces have mounted to a new high as Taliban insurgency continue to grow stronger.
Trump earlier in 2018 wrote on Twitter that 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!” Trump tweeted.
Pakistan rejects allegations it is not doing enough to fight terrorism and that it provides safe havens for militants operating in Afghanistan.