Don’t make Pakistan a scapegoat for your failures, PM tells Trump

19 Nov, 2018 6:20 pm

ISLAMABAD (92 News) – Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday strongly responded to the recent statement of US President Trump, saying that US should stop making Pakistan a scapegoat for their failure in war against terror.

The prime minister rejected the accusations of Trump, terming that no Pakistani national was involved in the World Trade Center bombing.

“Pakistan suffered 75,000 causalities in this war,” PM Khan said, adding that the country’s economy suffered a loss of $123 billion. “US aid was a miniscule $20 billion,” he added.

In his tweet, the prime minister mentioned, “Record needs to be put straight on Mr Trump’s tirade against Pakistan.”

“1.No Pakistani was involved in 9/11 but Pakistan decided to participate in US War on Terror. 2 Pakistan suffered 75,000 casualties in this war and over $123 billion was lost to the economy. US “aid” was a minuscule $20 billion. 3 Our tribal areas were devastated and millions of people uprooted from their homes. This war drastically impacted the lives of ordinary Pakistanis. 4 Pakistan continues to provide free lines of ground and air communications (GLOCs/ALOCs).”

 

 

Subsequently, PM Khan asked US to stop making Pakistan a scapegoat and do a serious assessment of why, despite 140,000 NATO troops plus 250,000 Afghan troops and reportedly $1 trillion spent on the war in Afghanistan, the Taliban today are stronger than before.”

“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,” Imran Khan tweeted.


 

In a recent interview – Ignoring Pakistan’s sacrifices in the war against terrorism – US President Donald Trump defended his administration’s decision to stop hundreds of millions of dollars in military aid to Pakistan and said the country did not do ‘a damn thing’ for the US and its government had helped Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden hide near its garrison city.

Referring to Laden and his former compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, Trump in an interview to Fox News said, “You know, living think of this living in Pakistan, beautifully in Pakistan in what I guess they considered a nice mansion, I don’t know, I’ve seen nicer.”

The compound was demolished shortly after US Naval Special Warfare Development Group forces, in a daring helicopter raid, killed Laden there in 2011.

“But living in Pakistan right next to the military academy, everybody in Pakistan knew he was there,” he added.

“And we give Pakistan USD 1.3 billion a year. … (Laden] lived in Pakistan, we’re supporting Pakistan, we’re giving them USD 1.3 billion a year — which we don’t give them anymore, by the way, I ended it because they don’t do anything for us, they don’t do a damn thing for us,” he said.

The ties between the two countries strained after Trump, while announcing his Afghanistan and South Asia policy in August last year, hit out at Pakistan for providing safe havens to “agents of chaos” that kill Americans in Afghanistan and warned Islamabad that it has “much to lose” by harbouring terrorists.

In September, the Trump administration cancelled USD 300 million in military aid to Islamabad for not doing enough against terror groups active on its soil.




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