ICMD, Nov 19, 2018

WASHINGTON: A day after firing a tirade at Pakistan during an interview to the Fox News, US President Donald Trump on Monday repeated his rants saying that Washington stopped paying Islamabad because “they would take our money and do nothing for us.”

“They [Pakistan] were just one of many countries that take from the United States without giving anything in return That’s ENDING!” the US president wrote on his Twitter handle. “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,” he said in a series of tweets.

In another tweet, Trump said the US had paid Pakistan billions of dollars and they never informed that Osama bin Laden was living there. He said the US should have captured Osama bin Laden long before the 2011 Abbottabad raid. “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,” he added.

A day earlier, Trump had defended his administration’s decision to pull hundreds of millions of dollars in military aid to Pakistan, saying the country “doesn’t do a damn thing for us.”

In an exclusive interview with Fox News, the US president had charged Pakistan for helping Osama bin Laden hide in the country. “You know, living – think of this – living in Pakistan, beautifully in Pakistan in what I guess they considered a nice mansion, I don’t know, I’ve seen nicer,” Trump had said, referring to bin Laden and his former compound in Abbottabad.

“But living in Pakistan right next to the military academy, everybody in Pakistan knew he was there,” he said. “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,” he added.

Prime Minister Imran Khan

In an angry retort to Donald Trump’s rants against Pakistan, Prime Minister Imran Khan Monday asked the US president to put his record straight, reminding him that Islamabad joined the US-led war against terrorism even though no Pakistani was involved in the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

“Record needs to be put straight on Mr Trump’s tirade against Pakistan as no Pakistani was involved in 9/11 but Pakistan decided to participate in US War on Terror; Pakistan suffered 75,000 casualties in this war and over $123 billion loss was inflicted to its economy and US “aid” was a miniscule $20 billion,” the prime minister said in a series of tweets.

“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 spending on war in Afghanistan, the Taliban today are stronger than before,” he continued.

The prime minister said Pakistan’s tribal areas were devastated and millions of people uprooted from their homes. “The war drastically impacted lives of ordinary Pakistanis,” he added. “Pakistan continues to provide free lines of ground and air communications (GLOCs/ALOCs),” he said. “Can Mr Trump name another ally that gave such sacrifices?” he questioned.

The prime minister in another tweet in the evening further said, “Trump’s false assertions add insult to the injury Pakistan has suffered in US War on Terror in terms of lives lost and destabilized and economic costs.” “He needs to be informed about historical facts. Pakistan has suffered enough fighting US’s war. Now we will do what is best for our people and our interests,” he maintained.

The prime minister’s tweets came after the US President Donald Trump, in an interview with Fox News aired on November 18, accused Pakistan of not doing “a damn thing for us” and defended his administration’s decision to withhold hundreds of millions of dollars in military aid to Islamabad. DT