‘Fools!’ Trump and Pak­istani PM

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T Pak­istani Prime Min­is­ter Im­ran Khan on Mon­day lashed out at U.S. Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump fol­low­ing his re­marks that Pak­istan doesn’t “do a damn thing” for the United States de­spite bil­lions of dol­lars in U.S. aid for the South Asian na­tion. The fric­tion threat­ens to fur­ther worsen al­ready frag­ile re­la­tions be­tween Is­lam­abad and Wash­ing­ton, on-off al­lies who have re­peat­edly clashed about the war in Afghanistan and Pak­istan’s al­leged sup­port for Is­lamist mil­i­tants. Khan, who as­sumed power in Au­gust and is known for his fiery an­tiAmer­i­can rhetoric, said in a se­ries of tweets that “record needs to be put straight on Mr Trump’s tirade against Pak­istan” over the week­end. Trump shot back later on Mon­day,

Don­ald J. Trump @re­alDon­aldTrump

“Of course we should have cap­tured Osama Bin Laden long be­fore we did. I pointed him out in my book just BE­FORE the at­tack on the World Trade Cen­ter. Pres­i­dent Clin­ton fa­mously missed his shot. We paid Pak­istan Bil­lions of Dol­lars & they never told us he was liv­ing there. Fools!..”

Don­ald J. Trump @re­alDon­aldTrump...

We no longer pay Pak­istan the $Bil­lions be­cause they would take our money and do noth­ing for us, Bin Laden be­ing a prime ex­am­ple, Afghanistan be­ing an­other. They were just one of many coun­tries that take from the United States with­out giv­ing any­thing in re­turn. That’s END­ING! Trump, dur­ing a Fox News TV in­ter­view aired on Sun­day, de­fended cut­ting aid to Is­lam­abad and also sug­gested Pak­istani au- thor­i­ties knew Osama bin Laden’s lo­ca­tion prior to his killing by U.S. troops in a raid in­side Pak­istan in 2011. Im­ran Khan @Im­ranKhanPTI

Record needs to be put straight on Mr Trump’s tirade against Pak­istan: 1. No Pak­istani was in­volved in 9/11 but Pak de­cided to par­tic­i­pate in US War on Ter­ror. 2. Pak­istan suf­fered 75,000 ca­su­al­ties in this war & over $123 bn was lost to econ­omy. US “aid” was a minis­cule $20 bn.”

Pak­istan de­nies sup­port­ing Afghan Tal­iban in­sur­gents wag­ing war against U.S.-backed troops in Afghanistan and Is­lam­abad has also al­ways re­jected claims of­fi­cials aided for­mer al Qaeda leader bin Laden. ”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,” Khan tweeted. Trump, in a pre-recorded in­ter­view, said bin Laden had been liv­ing in “a nice man­sion” in Pak­istan next to a mil­i­tary academy and “every­body in Pak­istan knew he was there”. “And we give Pak­istan $1.3 bil­lion a year. ...(bin Laden) lived in Pak­istan, we’re sup­port­ing Pak­istan, we’re giv­ing them $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. Khan said Pak­istan had borne the brunt of the United States’ war on ter­ror, which fo­cused on mil­i­tants that strad­dle the Afghanistan-Pak­istan tribal belt. “No Pak­istani was in­volved in 9/11 but Pak de­cided to par­tic­i­pate in US War on Ter­ror,” Khan said. “Pak­istan suf­fered 75,000 ca­su­al­ties in this war & over $123 bn was lost to econ­omy. US “aid” was a mi­nus­cule $20 bn.” Khan also pointed out that Pak­istan con­tin­ued to pro­vide its roads and air space for the re-sup­ply for more than 10,000 U.S. troops cur­rently based in Afghanistan. “Can Mr. Trump name an­other ally that gave such sac­ri­fices?” Source: haaretz.com

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