Pakistan Rejects Trump's Criticism, Says It Can't Be Blamed for 'Collective Failure'

Pakistan Rejects Trump's Criticism, Says It Can't Be Blamed for 'Collective Failure'

However, he said that in case the U.S. took action against Pakistan, it would be responded in accordance with the aspirations of the Pakistani people. "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", he tweeted. He reiterated that Pakistan will not compromise on its territorial integrity at any cost and that while the country is ready to resolve issues via bilateral means, it will not do so at the stake prestige.

In a seething series of tweets, Pakistan's foreign minister ripped into Trump's accusation that Islamabad has double-crossed the USA in Afghanistan, noting that Pakistan "went through a bloodbath" after "blindly" trusting Washington.

Just three days after Trump's Tweet, the White House has confirmed suspending 255 million USA dollars of military aid to Pakistan, according to local reports on Wednesday.

Asif said the U.S. government's claim of releasing a dispensation of $33 billion in aid to Pakistan was also baseless, the Express news reported. The last Coalition Support Funds were paid to Pakistan in March past year, provided under defence spending legislation for 2016.

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Pakistan civilian and military chiefs on Tuesday rejected "incomprehensible" US comments and summoned American Ambassador David Hale to explain Trump's tweet.

"In case of [a] U.S. action against Pakistan, it will be responded to [in line with] the aspirations of the people of Pakistan", said the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Director General Major General Asif Ghafoor in a short but telling statement.

The committee expressed "deep disappointment" over the USA president's comments.

"Let it come", army spokesman Major General Asif Ghafoor had told reporters, referring to Trump's decision. We expect Pakistan-and we've made clear, and the President has made clear in the past also through his new strategy that was announced back in August about the Asia-the new Asia strategy-that the United States expects Pakistan to take decisive action against the Haqqani Network and other militants who are operating from its soil.

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Trump's tirade has given new life to Pakistan's victim narrative in the War on Terror, which is centered around ridding Islamabad of any responsibility in the post 9/11 violence in South Asia, and pinning the entire blame on the United States, India, and Afghanistan - in that order. "Pakistan shall do whatever is best in the national interest".

Pakistan's National Security Committee, a body that deals with defense issues, said the USA criticism stemmed from Washington's failure to win its 16-year war against the Taliban in Afghanistan and that Pakistan "cannot be held responsible for the collective failure in Afghanistan".

"We have already told the U.S. that we will not do more, so Trump's "no more" does not hold any importance ... From our bases you carried out 57,800 attacks on Afghanistan. thousands of our civilians and soldiers became victims of the war initiated by you", Pakistan's foreign minister Khawaja Asif wrote.

China was the first in from world capitals which raised its voice in support, with other allies and anti-Trump voices which have supported Pakistan's sacrifices against terrorism to follow.

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Asif added that all financial aid from the United States had been "properly audited" and that "services [were] rendered". "President Trump has put Pakistan on notice", Pence had told American troops at the Bagram Airfield.

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