In the latest interview by Donald Trump which was aired on Friday, Trump blamed Pakistan for a lot many things.
Since his presidency, Trump has always fired tirade at Pakistan. Even in his New Year’s tweet on January 1st, 2018, Trump claimed that Pakistan had made the former leaders fool. They had given nothing to the US except lies and had been taking millions of dollars as an aid for the past 12 years. The president announced to cut off military aid to the country.
Now, in his interview, he again defended his and his administration’s decision of cutting off the military aid to Pakistan. He said that Pakistan has “not done a damn thing”.
He then pointed out that the country had given shelter to one of the most terrifying terrorists of all time: Osama Bin Laden. Bin Laden was living in a compound at Abbottabad just near the garrison city.
When asked that wouldn’t it had been better if Bin Laden was caught sooner, the President replied
“You know, living — think of this — living in Pakistan, beautifully in Pakistan in what I guess they considered a nice mansion, I don’t know, I’ve seen nicer. But living in Pakistan right next to the military academy, everybody in Pakistan knew he was there.”
The host then asked that shouldn’t the US give credit to Pakistan for taking down Bin Laden? On this, the President said that there is news right here. We (the US) had been giving aid to Pakistan every year and they had been hiding the terrorist.
So far, it had not been proved that the Pakistan armed forces knew about the presence of Osama bin Laden in Pakistan. Since Pakistan opened its borders for Afghan refugees, they had not been able to halt the illegal migrants. There is no proof that Bin Laden entered the territory legally nor that he was living under the name of “bin Laden” in Pakistan.
It is claimed that he was disguised and did not show himself in public.
However, not holding back, PM Imran Khan also gave a strong reply to Donald Trump via Twitter. The PM put forth some great facts that are questioning Trump’s tirade against Pakistan
Here is what the series of tweets by the Prime Minister of Pakistan read:
Record needed to be put straight on Mr Trump’s tirade against Pakistan:
- No Pakistani was involved in 9/11 but Pak decided to participate in US War on Terror.
- Pakistan suffered 75,000 casualties in this war & over $123 bn was lost to economy. US “aid” was a miniscule $20 bn.
- Our tribal areas were devastated & millions of ppl uprooted from their homes. The war drastically impacted lives of ordinary Pakistanis.
- Pak continues to provide free lines of ground & air communications (GLOCs/ALOCs).
Can Mr. Trump name another ally that gave such sacrifices?