2018’s New Year’s Day wasn’t good for Pakistan as The US President Donald J Trump slammed Pakistan for “lies and deceit” and tweeted:
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. They give safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan, with little help. No more!
The US, which has provided Pakistan more than $33 billion in aid since 2002, said in August that it was withholding the $255 million until Pakistan did more to crack down on terrorist groups.
In an apparent response to Trump Pakistan’s Foreign Minister also tweeted: Will let the world know the truth…difference between facts and fiction.
Following Presidents’ tweet Pakistan summoned US Ambassador and registered a protest, Pakistan also banned Hafiz Saeed’s Jamaat-ud-Dawa.
A relation between US and Pakistan started deteriorating when in Oct 2017 Trump asked Pakistan to “act on terror” since then America has repeatedly asked Pakistan to work against terrorism. But their response, as usual, wasn’t satisfactory for anyone including the US.
It should be noted that on 14th Oct Trump tweeted: Starting to develop a much better relationship with Pakistan and its leaders. I want to thank them for their cooperation on many fronts.
But after that Vice President Pence and many other officials gave statements against Pakistan’s policy regarding terrorism.
While tweet by President Trump is outrageous for Pakistan, the Afghanistan and Indian government is in support of the decision taken by US Government.
Afghanistan’s Ambassador to the US Hamdullah Mohib welcomed Trump’s tweet.
Although No official response is yet released by the Indian government the ruling party’s spokespersons have welcomed the tweet and supported the decision in many TV debates.
India has time and again showed the world Pakistan’s dual nature, how Pakistan support terrorism and gives safe haven to the terrorists. US’s decision is certainly a big blow to Pakistan and also a step closer to the global isolation of Pakistan.
By – Rishabh Tiwari