Pakistan fires back at Trump: US has given nothing but 'invective & mistrust'

02 January 2018, 03:17 | Isaac Mcdaniel

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A few months ago, Trump declared that Pakistan "gives safe haven to agents of chaos, violence and terror".

Trump, who departs Florida for Washington on Monday, began 2018 by slamming Pakistan in an angry tweet.

"I haven't seen any change yet in their behavior", U.S. Army Gen. John Nicholson, commander of the NATO-led coalition in Afghanistan, told reporters in November after a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation defense ministers meeting in Brussels. "Pakistan has rendered unmatched sacrifices in the war against terrorism & there is no ambiguity about it".

President Trump's tweets - since before he even became a presidential candidate, if we're honest - have been a bit controversial.

And Secretary of State Rex Tillerson wrote an op-ed article for the New York Times published Thursday stating that "we are prepared to partner with Pakistan to defeat terrorist organizations seeking safe havens, but Pakistan must demonstrate its desire to partner with us".

Speaking to ANI, the Union Minister said, "The Trump administration's decision today has abundantly vindicated India's stand as far as terror is concerned and as far as Pakistan's role in perpetrating terror is concerned". "But that will have to change, and that will change immediately".

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The frequency of suspected USA drone attacks near the Pakistani-Afghan border has increased notably since Trump introduced his Afghanistan strategy in August.

Islamabad has repeatedly denied the accusations of turning a blind eye to militancy, lambasting the United States for ignoring the thousands who have been killed on its soil and the billions spent fighting extremists.

Efforts by Pakistani leaders to oust terrorists were also criticized by Trump's predecessors, Barack Obama and George W. Bush. "President Trump has put Pakistan on notice".

In October, Trump praised Pakistan for cooperating in the release of American Caitlan Coleman and her Canadian husband, Joshua Boyle, and five children were freed as Taliban prisoners.

According to the Express Tribune, Pakistan's foreign office on Monday summoned the US envoy to lodge its protest against the tweet.

Pakistani officials, though, have refused to hand over one of the militants responsible for abducting the family.



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