Pakistan has summoned a excessive-ranking diplomat from the US to lodge a noteworthy affirm against President Donald Trump’s “unwarranted and unsubstantiated” criticism of Islamabad’s feature in the Washington-led “war on alarm”.
Pakistan’s International Secretary Tehmina Janjua called in the US Chargé d’Affaires (US CdA) Paul Jones to the international feature of job in the capital, Islamabad, on Tuesday, after Trump alleged that Pakistan “form now not attain a rattling ingredient” for the US while defending his resolution to decrease plenty of tens of millions of bucks in navy back to the country.
“Conveying her government’s disappointment on the most up-to-date tweets and feedback by the US president, the US CdA became informed that such baseless rhetoric about Pakistan became completely unacceptable,” Pakistan’s international feature of job acknowledged in a assertion.
“The international secretary informed the US CdA that no diverse country had paid a heavier mark than Pakistan in the battle against terrorism,” the assertion added.
This came a day after High Minister Imran Khan hit support at Trump’s “tirade”, accusing Pakistan of taking money while allowing light al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Weighted down to conceal in the South Asian country.
In a series of Tweets on Monday, Khan reacted sharply and called on the US president to title an ally that has sacrificed more to battle armed teams after the eleventh of September assaults.
“Trump’s incorrect assertions add insult to the damage Pakistan has suffered in US war on alarm in phrases of lives lost and destabilised and financial charges,” he posted on Twitter.
“He needs to learn about historical facts. Pakistan has suffered sufficient combating US’ war. Now we are able to realize what’s ultimate for our other folks and our interests.”
Account needs to be place straight on Mr Trump’s tirade against Pakistan: 1. No Pakistani became interested in eleventh of September but Pak determined to buy half in US Conflict on Fear. 2. Pakistan suffered Seventy five,000 casualties on this war & over $123 bn became lost to financial system. US “back” became a miniscule $20 bn.
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) November 19, 2018
The cricketer-turned-flesh presser added that the US has made Pakistan a “scapegoat” for its disasters in Afghanistan, where the Taliban are stronger than at any level since the 2001 US-led invasion.
Conflict of words
In an interview with Fox News that aired on Sunday, Trump any other time blamed Pakistan for allegedly sheltering Weighted down.
“He became residing in Pakistan, we’re supporting Pakistan, we’re giving them $1.3bn a 365 days, which we form now not give them from now on. By the model, I ended it because they form now not attain something else for us, they form now not attain a rattling ingredient for us,” he acknowledged.
Shortly after Khan’s feedback on Monday, Trump doubled down on those claims on Twitter.
“We paid Pakistan billions of bucks and they never informed us he became residing there. Fools! We now now not pay Pakistan the billions because they would buy our money and attach nothing for us, Bin Weighted down being a top example, Afghanistan being one other,” Trump posted.
….We now now not pay Pakistan the $Billions because they would buy our money and attach nothing for us, Bin Weighted down being a top example, Afghanistan being one other. They were perfect one of many international locations that buy from the US with out giving something else in return. That’s ENDING!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 19, 2018
Responding to Trump’s claims about Weighted down, the international secretary asserted that it became Pakistan’s intelligence cooperation that equipped the preliminary evidence to worth the whereabouts of the light al-Qaeda chief, the ministry acknowledged in its assertion.
Weighted down became found to be hiding in the Pakistani metropolis of Abbottabad, where he became killed in a raid by US Navy Seals in 2011.
Meanwhile, the Pentagon has defended Pakistan’s feature in striking forward peace in South Asia and acknowledged Islamabad remains a “serious companion” in the set.
“The US and Pakistan have confidence a noteworthy mutual interests in the set. As you realize, they’re serious [and] basic to the South Asia components and including the facilitation of a peace course of that might perchance maybe well result in a stable and soundless Afghanistan,” Colonel Salvage Manning, director of Defense Division’s press operations, informed journalists all over an off-digicam news conference on Tuesday.
US-Pakistan members of the family have confidence nosedived since Trump took feature of job closing 365 days, basically attributable to a clash of interests in war-torn Afghanistan.
Washington accuses Islamabad of providing win havens to the highly efficient Haqqani network, which is blamed for plenty of assaults on international forces in Afghanistan in latest years. Pakistan denies the allegations.
Analysts mediate the most up-to-date friction might perchance maybe well abate Washington’s renewed efforts of peace negotiations with the Afghan Taliban.
“This might perchance maybe well now not fabricate it any more straightforward for the US government to salvage Pakistan’s abet in attempting to originate talks with the Taliban. That’s, if the US government thinks it needs Pakistan’s abet. Which it in the break will,” wrote Michael Kugelman, a US-basically based analyst and Asia Program deputy director at the Woodrow Wilson Centre in Washington, on Twitter.
POTUS is actually repeating his identical tweet from Eleven half of months ago. This might perchance maybe well now not fabricate it any more straightforward for the USG to salvage #Pakistan‘s abet in attempting to originate talks with the Taliban. That’s, if the USG thinks it needs Pakistan’s abet. Which it in the break will. https://t.co/ZYLD7xWwrV
— Michael Kugelman (@MichaelKugelman) November 19, 2018
Al Jazeera’s Kamal Hyder, reporting from Islamabad, acknowledged: “The most fresh spat between the 2 heads of states is possible to irritate members of the family and that at a time when the US is shopping for an exit components out of Afghanistan.”
“Pakistan is alleged to be playing a extremely basic feature in attempting to scream the Afghan Taliban to the negotiating table, so any fracturing of members of the family with the US is possible to have confidence penalties now not perfect in Pakistan but beyond its borders.”