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Pakistan would take billions without doing anything for us, Trump insists

NEW YORK (Monitoring Desk): A day after firing a fresh tirade at Pakistan that triggered an angry retort from Islamabad, United States President Donald Trump on Monday repeated his rant saying that his country has stopped paying Pakistan because ‘they would take our money and do nothing for us’.

Taking to Twitter once again, the US president said, “They [Pakistan] were just one of many countries that take from the United States without giving anything in return.”

He said despite giving ‘billions of dollars’ to Pakistan, “they never told us he [Osama bin Laden] was living there.”

Trump had 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.

Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Khan said the US president should do self-assessment instead of “making Pakistan a scapegoat for its failures”.

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,” he wrote on the microblogging site.

Prime Minister 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”.

Trump defended his administration’s decision of stopping financial aid to Pakistan during Sunday’s interview. “We’re giving them [Pakistan] $1.3 billion a year – which we don’t give them anymore, by the way, I ended it because they don’t do anything for us, they don’t do a damn thing for us,” he said.

In September, the Trump administration cancelled $300 million in military aid to Islamabad for allegedly not doing enough against terror groups like the Haqqani Network and the Taliban “active on its soil”.

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