PM Imran fires back at Trump in rejoinder

    Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Monday that the US president should do self-assessment instead of “making Pakistan a scapegoat for its failures”.

    Khan was responding to President Trump, who said in a Fox News interview on Sunday that “they [Pakistan] don’t do a damn thing for us” even though Washington has given Islamabad billions of dollars in aid. Instead he accused Pakistan of sheltering Osama bin Laden, the al Qaeda kingpin who was killed in a covert raid by US forces in the garrison city of Abbottabad in 2016.

    The prime minister took to Twitter to “put the records straight”. He said the United States should do serious soul-searching to get to the reasons for its failures in Afghanistan despite the presence of tens of thousands of Nato and Afghan troops in the war-ravaged country.

    “Instead of making Pakistan a scapegoat for their failures, the US should do a serious assessment of why, despite 140,000 Nato troops plus 250,000 Afghan troops and reportedly $1 trillion spent on war in Afghanistan, the Taliban today are stronger than before,”

    Khan reminded Trump that Pakistan had joined the US-led war against terrorism even though no Pakistani was involved in the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon. “Pakistan suffered 75,000 casualties in this war and over $123 billion was lost to the economy,” he said, adding that compared to Pakistan’s losses, the “US ‘aid’ was a miniscule $20 billion”.