Authorities in Pakistan have replied accusations by US President Donald Trump who on New Year’s Day accused the country of harbouring terrorists in a post on Twitter.
In its strongly worded reply, the Asian country through its foreign minister Khawaja Asif, said Trump is trying to blame Pakistan for its failure to win the war in Afghanistan.
“Trump is disappointed at the US defeat in Afghanistan and that is the only reason he is flinging accusations at Pakistan,” Asif told the Pakistani TV network Geo on Monday.
“We have already told the US that we will not do more, so Trump’s ‘no more’ does not hold any importance.”
He said “Pakistan is ready to publicly provide every detail of the US aid that it has received.”
In a separate response, Pakistan’s defence minister Khurram Dastagir, pledged to defend his country’s sovereignty should any war arise due to the latest spat with the US.
Trump in his first tweet of the year threatened to cut aid to Pakistan for allegedly lying to the US and offering “little help” in hunting “terrorists” in Afghanistan.
“The United States has foolishly given Pakistan more than $33 billion in aid over the last 15 years, and they have given us nothing but lies and deceit, thinking of our leaders as fools,” Trump said.
“They give safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan, with little help. No more!”
The face-off between both countries also witnessed the summoning of US ambassador in Islamabad on Monday by Pakistan’s foreign office which lodged it’s complain about the tweet posted by Trump.
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