Nepal Foreign Affairs (KATHMANDU, 2 January 2018) – The US President Donald Trump has slammed Pakistan saying the country has given the US nothing but ”lies and deceit” in fight against terrorism.
In his first tweet of the new year President Trump has also alleged that Pakistan has given safe haven to the terrorist the US has been hunting in Afghanistan. Trump’s tweet has created uproar in Pakistan and Pakistan’s strategic analysts have hit back to Trump that his statement was nothing but just a frustration for what the US did in Afghanistan
President Trump on Monday tweeted expressing regret over the US aid to Pakistan for fighting against terrorism. After 9\11 terrorists’ attack in New York and other cities of the US, Washington has been providing significant aid to Pakistan under the global campaign against terrorism.
“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,” Trump says in Tweet, “They give safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan, with little help. No more!”
The New York Times reported last week that the US might withhold $255 million in aid to Pakistan because of Trump’s frustration over its handling of terrorists in the country. White House officials met to decide whether to cancel the aid, the Times reported.
The commander of the NATO-led coalition in Afghanistan, US Army Gen. John Nicholson, said in November that Pakistan had not changed its behavior since Trump announced his new policy for Afghanistan and the wider region, which specifically calls on Pakistan to do more.
Trump announced his administration’s plans for the continuing US military engagement in Afghanistan in August, which specifically called on Pakistan to do more to fight terrorism, CNN reported.
Pakistan to Trump’s tweet : US has ‘given us nothing but invective and mistrust’
Pakistan on Monday tweeted a response to President Trump’s assertion that the nation has “given us nothing but lies & deceit” while providing, “safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan.”
“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,” Pakistan’s defense minister wrote on Twitter.