US President Donald Trump has lashed out at Pakistan in his first tweet of the yr.
“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 and deceit, thinking of our leaders as fools,” the early morning tweet mentioned.
“They give safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan, with little help. No more.”
In response, Pakistani Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif tweeted: “We will respond to President Trump’s tweet shortly inshallah… Will let the world know the truth…difference between facts & fiction.”
#DonaldTrump grew to become a high Twitter development in Pakistan very quickly and 1000’s of individuals responded the tweet.
“Some hungover guy working the Pakistan desk at the State Department is having a rough start to 2018,” tweeted Jonah Goldberg, a US-based writer and columnist.
The US and Afghanistan accuse Pakistan of offering sanctuaries to Afghan Taliban and the Haqqani terror community. Pakistan rejects the allegations and insists that it has finished sufficient within the struggle towards terrorism.
President Trump’s remarks recommend that current diplomatic efforts to search out frequent floor on Pakistan’s position within the area and peace in Afghanistan may fail.
Relations between the 2 international locations have been tense since US President Donald Trump accused Islamabad of supporting “agents of chaos” when introducing his new technique for Afghanistan in August, and demanding that Pakistan act towards the Taliban and Haqqani community.
Relations additionally suffered when Pakistani authorities ended the home arrest of Islamist Hafiz Saeed, founding father of the terrorist group Lashkar-e Toiba (LeT), in November.
The US had declared Saeed a terrorist after a string of lethal bombings in Mumbai in 2008 that killed greater than 160 individuals, amongst them US residents.(dpa/NAN)