Pakistan’s Ambassador to the United Nations (UN) Maleeha Lodhi condemned the USA (US) administration’s aggressive remarks towards Pakistan and stated that Islamabad might “assessment its cooperation if it isn’t appreciated”.
Referring to US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley’s comments a day earlier the place she had accused Pakistan of enjoying a “double recreation” with the US, Lodhi cautioned towards “shifting the blame for [the US’] personal errors and failures onto others”.
Chatting with the media on Wednesday, Lodhi stated that Pakistan has “contributed and sacrificed probably the most in preventing worldwide terrorism”.
The diplomat added that Pakistan’s position within the warfare towards terrorism didn’t rely upon US help however on “nationwide pursuits and rules”.
A confrontation was triggered after Trump, in his first tweets on New Year’s day, lashed out towards Pakistan, calling the nation a “liar”.
Elaborating on Trump’s tweets, Haley on Tuesday stated that the US had withheld $255 million of army help to Pakistan for the latter’s alleged “harbouring of terrorists”.
On the identical day, US Press Secretary Sarah Sanders stated at a press briefing that a detailed coverage shall be announced within the next 24-48 hours.
The US president’s tweets evoked a robust response from the Pakistani civil and army management. The Overseas Workplace (FO) sought an evidence from American ambassador David Hale whereas the nation’s management expressed “deep disappointment” on the accusations levelled by the US president in a Nationwide Safety Council assembly on Tuesday.
“… much more importantly the large sacrifices made by Pakistan, together with the lack of tens of hundreds of lives … couldn’t be trivialised so heartlessly by pushing all of it behind a financial worth – and that too an imagined one,” a press launch issued after the assembly in Islamabad stated, in a reference to Trump’s declare that the US has “foolishly” given Pakistan over $33 billion in help during the last 15 years.
Overseas Minister Khawaja Asif claimed that Pakistan had already “stated ‘no extra’ to America, so Trump’s ‘no extra’ has no significance”.
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