Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
World | By Paul Elliott

US War Of Words Over Donald Trump's Tweet

US War Of Words Over Donald Trump's Tweet

Days after United States president Donald Trump accused Pakistan of "lies and deceit", foreign minister of Pakistan Khawaja Asif responded to Trump in a series of tweets and said: "You ask what we've done?".

In 2016, the then-Taliban leader Mullah Mansour was killed by a United States drone strike inside Pakistan and in 2011, al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was found and killed by U.S. troops in the Pakistani garrison town of Abbottabad.

The soldiers of Pakistan Armed Forces and civilians have given great sacrifices in the war against terrorism, he told a private news channel after Trump lashed out at Pakistan with threats to cut aid over "lies" about militancy.

US President Donald Trump apparently decided not to start the New Year with a clean slate, opting to re-ignite old disputes instead. In August 2016, Obama withheld $300 million in military assistance to Pakistan because of Islamabad's support for the Afghan Taliban and its ally, the Haqqani network. 'We have already said no more [to the Americans] so Trump's no more is of no importance now, ' he added.

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

Islamabad has repeatedly dismissed U.S. assertions that it's harboring terrorists and doing too little to fight extremists.

Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi called a meeting of the National Security Committee (NSC) on Tuesday who expressed "deep disappointment" over Trump's comments.

Trump on Monday said in a tweet that his country had "foolishly" given billions of dollars in aid to Islamabad, which in return allegedly provided safe haven to terrorists fighting in Afghanistan.

Trump had called for a halt to Pakistan's aid in a tweet posted on Monday citing inaction against terrorism.

"They work with us at times, and they also harbor the terrorists that attack our troops in Afghanistan", she told reporters at the United Nations on Tuesday.

In the strongest ever rebuff, the United States has suspended its $255 million military aid to Pakistan for continuing to nurture terror outfits operating from its soil. In a series of tweets, Asif spoke about Pakistanis" sacrifices and said "history teaches us not to blindly trust the US'.

"Pakistan does not have any safe havens for terrorists", he said.

In the same programme, military spokesman Major General Asif Ghafoor said that Pakistan and the U.S. were still friends and partners.

Haqqani and Afghan Taliban militants launch ambushes and bombings on US -allied forces in Afghanistan, then slip back over the border into the badlands of northwest Pakistan, insulated from retaliation by American and Afghan forces.

PTI parliamentary leader Mohammad Azam Khan Swati made it clear to USA that Pakistan was not Iraq or Syria and it should avoid given threats to Pakistan. "Our actual bill for Coalition Support Fund was about $24 billion, but they have reimbursed only $14 billion", he said.

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