‘Trump’s com­ments hos­tile, threat­en­ing’

Pak. As­sem­bly con­demns his re­marks

The Hindu - - WORLD -

Pak­istan’s Na­tional As­sem­bly passed a res­o­lu­tion on Wed­nes­day con­demn­ing U.S. President Donald Trump’s ac­cu­sa­tions that Is­lam­abad was pro­long­ing the war in Afghanistan, de­nounc­ing them as “hos­tile” and “threat­en­ing”.

Speak­ing be­fore the As­sem­bly, Pak­istani For­eign Min­is­ter Khawaja Asif urged the gov­ern­ment to con­sider post­pon­ing any vis­its by U.S. del­e­ga­tions to Pak­istan or by Pak­istani of­fi­cials to the United States and clos­ing off “ground and air lines of com­mu­ni­ca­tion through Pak­istan”.

“Afghanistan, the U.S. and its al­lies should close their borders to lead­ers of ter­ror­ist, mil­i­tant groups car­ry­ing out acts of ter­ror­ism against Pak­istan,” said Mr. Asif.

He also termed an in­creased role for New Delhi in Kabul “highly detri­men­tal to re­gional sta­bil­ity” and ac­cused In­dia of sup­port­ing ter­ror­ism and “desta­bil­is­ing politics in the re­gion”.

In re­sponse to warn­ings that Wash­ing­ton might cut aid to Pak­istan, Mr. Asif re­jected the im­por­tance of Amer­i­can dol­lars, say­ing that Pak­istan has lost more than $123 bil­lion to ter­ror­ism since the Sept. 11 at­tacks.

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