Im­ran Khan hits back at Trump’s ‘tirade’

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PM hits back at ‘false as­ser­tions’ by US pres­i­dent, who ac­cused Is­lam­abad of not do­ing ‘a damn thing’ for Wash­ing­ton. Pak­istan’s Prime Min­is­ter Im­ran Khan has said Don­ald Trump needs to in­form him­self about his­tor­i­cal facts af­ter the US pres­i­dent al­leged that Is­lam­abad did not ad­e­quately sup­port the Wash­ing­ton-led “war on ter­ror”. In a se­ries of state­ments on Twit­ter on Mon­day, Khan listed ways in which Pak­istan as­sisted the US and was im­pacted by the war, say­ing the “record needs to be put straight on Mr Trump’s tirade against Pak­istan”. The com­ments came a day af­ter Trump de­fended his de­ci­sion to cut hun­dreds of mil­lions of dol­lars in mil­i­tary aid to Pak­istan, ac­cus­ing Is­lam­abad of tak­ing money while al­low­ing for­mer al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden to hide in the South Asian coun­try. Khan re­acted sharply, re­call­ing the Pak­istani lives lost dur­ing the “war on ter­ror”, be­fore ap­pear­ing to sug­gest the US should look closer to home for re­spon­si­bil­ity for the con­tin­ued strength of the Tal­iban in Afghanistan. “1. No Pak­istani was in­volved in 9/11 but Pak[is­tan] de­cided to par­tic­i­pate in US War on Ter­ror. 2. Pak­istan suf­fered 75,000 ca­su­al­ties in this war and over $123bn was lost to the econ­omy. US “aid” was a mi­nus­cule $20bn,” Khan posted on Twit­ter. Khan said the US has made Pak­istan a “scape­goat” for its fail­ures in Afghanistan, where the Tal­iban are stronger than at any point since the 2001 US-led in­va­sion. “In­stead of mak­ing Pak­istan a scape­goat for their fail­ures, the US should do a se­ri­ous as­sess­ment of why, de­spite 140,000 NATO troops plus 250,000 Afghan troops and re­port­edly $1 tril­lion spent on war in Afghanistan, the Tal­iban to­day are stronger than ever be­fore.” Khan also high­lighted how the war dev­as­tated Pak­istan’s tribal ar­eas and up­rooted mil­lions of Pak­ista­nis from their homes. He said the coun­try con­tin­ues to pro­vide free lines of ground and air com­mu­ni­ca­tions to the US. “Can Mr Trump name an­other ally that gave such Sac­ri­fices?” he said. Source: al­jazeera.com

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