Hitting back at the US President Donald Trump, Pakistan on Monday said that America should not blame Islamabad for its failure in Afghanistan.
Earlier in the day, Donald Trump had accused Pakistan of being a safe haven to the terrorists America hunts in Afghanistan.
Trump, in his New Year day tweet said, “US 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. They give safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan, with little help. No more!”
Reacting to Trump’s accusations, Pakistan government said the “US should not put blames for its failure in Afghanistan on Pakistan. Pakistan has rendered unmatched sacrifices in the war against terrorism & there is no ambiguity about it.”
“Pak as anti-terror ally has given free to US: Land&air communication, military bases&intel cooperation that decimated Al-Qaeda over last 16yrs, but they have given us nothing but invective & mistrust. They overlook cross-border safe havens of terrorists who murder Pakistanis,” the Defence Ministry of Pakistan said.
Pakistan has summoned the US ambassador over President Donald Trump's tweet and registered protest, local media reported.
Pak Army also reacted strongly against the accusations of Donald Trump and said, the annual aide Pakistan received from the US was "reimbursement for support Islamabad gave to the coalition for its fight against Al Qaeda."