To our $33 billion, Pak gave us nothing but lies: Trump
Washington, Jan 01: Issuing a tough warning to Pakistan, US President Donald Trump on the first day of the year alleged that this South Asian nation has given America nothing but lies and deceit and has given safe haven to terrorists.
“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 & deceit, thinking of our leaders as fools,” Trump said in a strongly worded tweet. “They give safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan, with little help. No more!” Trump said in his first tweet of the year.
This is the strongest warning that has come from the US president. In his new South Asia Policy unveiled in August, Trump had called for tougher measure against Pakistan if it did not cooperates the US in its fight against terrorism.
Pakistan has been under the scanner on the international front. Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj targeted Pakistan on similar lines.
Swaraj criticised Pakistan and its role in harbouring known “terrorist” organizations in the United Nations General Assembly meet in September. She stated that while India has created institutions like IITs and IIMs, Pakistan has built LeT, Hizbul Mujahideen and the Haqqani Network.
She has recently ruled out any possibility any India-Pakistan cricket matches, pointing the 800 border violations by Pakistan this year.
Earlier in October, India and the United States asked Pakistan to dismantle the “terrorist” infrastructure operating from its soil, asserting that “terror havens” inside that country would not be tolerated.
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, after holding wide-ranging talks, said Islamabad needed to take concrete action against such groups to ensure peace and security in the region, particularly in Afghanistan. Tillerson said he had asked the Pakistani leadership to take action against such groups and said an enhancement in their capabilities may pose a threat to the government in Islamabad.
“Terror havens will not be tolerated,” Tillerson said at a joint press conference with Swaraj.