Donald Trump slams Pakistan for 'lies', 'deceit'

by Garry Watts January 2, 2018, 3:18
Donald Trump slams Pakistan for 'lies', 'deceit'

The government today called the US President Donald Trump's scathing criticism of Pakistan a vindication of its stand on Pakistan's link and support to terrorism.

Pak Army also reacted strongly against the accusations of Donald Trump and said, the annual aide Pakistan received from the United States was "reimbursement for support Islamabad gave to the coalition for its fight against Al Qaeda". Trump also said that USA operations in Afghanistan were being hindered by the "safe haven" that Pakistan was providing to terrorists. "No more", Trump said.

In an ominous tweet posted today, Trump stated: "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".

Speaking to ANI, the Union Minister said, "The Trump administration's decision today has abundantly vindicated India's stand as far as terror is concerned and as far as Pakistan's role in perpetrating terror is concerned".

The report stated that United States officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe the sensitive discussions, did not detail what conditions Pakistan would have to meet to receive the aid. "They have to help".

During the announcement, the U.S. president was quick to remind Pakistan of its obligation toward helping America because it receives "massive payments" from Washington every year.

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It was not immediately clear why Trump opted to tweet on Pakistan.

Meanwhile, Pakistan Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif said he would respond to the US President's tweet shortly after the latter blamed the country for providing safe havens to terrorists.

He said all funds from the U.S. had been "properly audited" and that "services (were) rendered".

The New York Times reported on December 29 that USA officials had sought but been denied access to a member of the Taliban-linked Haqqani network captured in Pakistan who potentially could provide information about at least one American hostage.

She has recently ruled out any possibility any India-Pakistan cricket matches, pointing the 800 border violations by Pakistan this year.

Tillerson had also acknowledged that USA ties with Pakistan have "really deteriorated" in the last decade, saying that he had conveyed to Pakistan that its policy of terror safe havens could well backfire.


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