• Associate Sponsor

Islamabad leaders to Donald Trump: Don’t scapegoat Pakistan

Trump's remarks on Monday, in which he lashed out at Pakistan, an ostensible US ally, blaming it for violence in Afghanistan, and demanding that Islamabad stop giving sanctuary to ``agents of chaos, violence and terror,'' have shocked Pakistan.

By: AP | Islamabad | Published: August 25, 2017 7:01 am
donald trump, pakistan, pakistan terrorism, trump terrorism, us pakistan relations, indian express news Thursday’s meeting of the National Security Committee also noted Trump’s comment in which he said Washington paid billions of dollars to Pakistan –only to have it shelter terrorists (Source: File Photo)

Pakistan’s top political and military leaders on Thursday offered a stark response to Donald Trump’s accusations earlier this week, telling the American president that scapegoating Pakistan will not bring about peace in Afghanistan.

The message also reiterated Islamabad’s rejection of Trump’s allegation that Pakistan harbors militants who battle US forces across the border in Afghanistan. In turn, the Pakistani officials demanded that the US military eliminate militants who use Afghan soil to stage attacks in Pakistan.

Islamabad’s response followed an hours-long meeting between Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and army chiefs, all members of the National Security Committee –Pakistan’s top forum on issues relating to the country’s defense and security.

Trump’s remarks on Monday, in which he lashed out at Pakistan, an ostensible US ally, blaming it for violence in Afghanistan, and demanding that Islamabad stop giving sanctuary to “agents of chaos, violence and terror,” have shocked Pakistan. They have also drawn nationwide condemnation. Pakistan’s opposition has asked Abbasi to cancel a scheduled visit by Pakistan’s foreign minister to Washington. Pakistan’s top opposition leader, cricket-star-turned-politician Imran Khan, also demanded Abbasi convene a special session of Parliament to discuss Trump’s threats.

Thursday’s meeting of the National Security Committee also noted Trump’s comment in which he said Washington paid billions of dollars to Pakistan –only to have it shelter terrorists. “Scapegoating Pakistan will not help in stabilizing Afghanistan,” the committee said, according to a statement issued by the premier’s office. It also called for recognition by the Trump administration of Pakistan’s many sacrifices — thousands of civilians and security forces have lost their lives in the country’s fight against insurgency and militancy on its own soil. The struggle has also cost this Islamic nation $120 billion in economic losses.

However, US officials and analysts have long accused Pakistan of playing a double-game with Islamic extremists –supporting those that threaten its rivals in India and Afghanistan while cracking down on those who target its own citizens.

The committee reiterated Pakistan’s commitment that it will not allow its soil to be used for violence against any other country. “We expect the same from our neighbors,” it said — a reference to Afghanistan and India.

Trump’s claims of giving billions of dollars in aid to Pakistan were “misleading to the extent that the reimbursements to Pakistan since 2001 only account for part of the cost of ground facilities and air corridors used by the United States for its operations in Afghanistan, rather than any financial aid or assistance,” the statement stressed.

The meeting pledged to continue helping international community to ensure peace in Afghanistan. Pakistan has been at war with the Pakistani Taliban and homegrown extremists for years, but it has also long tolerated the Afghan Taliban and the allied Haqqani network, which have been behind many attacks in Afghanistan.

Islamabad has also been under international pressure to try and bring the Taliban leaders, based in Pakistan’s restive southwestern region since their rule in Afghanistan was overthrown in the 2001 US invasion, into some form of negotiations with Kabul.

For all the latest World News, download Indian Express App

  1. Ali Soren
    Aug 26, 2017 at 8:17 am
    India was better when brains ruled governed it instead of religious bigots. It has chosen US as its ally and abandoned Russia which has been its all weather partner. Pakistan has been a key ally of US and now Us has blamed it for its failures in afghanistan. Instead of learning a lesson from this, india has embraced america which is nothing but a war machine. India must ask itself whether it is ready to counter china for US just like pakistan countered russia and now terrorism breeding on afghan soil on the behest of US and india? Can india fight a war for US? this is what US wants from india and this is what the indians have chosen for themselves. Pakistan is now in a better position with russia and china on its sides while india have bullies as its allies which will eventually push it for war. Pakistan has lost everything with Bad Friends. What will india gain form them? its just a matter of time now
    (0)(0)
    Reply
    1. K
      Kamal Pasha
      Aug 25, 2017 at 12:04 pm
      Afghanistan will always be ruled by corrupt tribal chiefs and pilitcians like Karzai and Ghani. The more unstable Afghanistan. more it is easy for them to loot more aid money in millions and keep on blaming their failures on others.
      (0)(0)
      Reply
      1. R
        Rakesh Pandit
        Aug 25, 2017 at 11:59 am
        After Usama Bil Laden was found and killed in Pakistan, no civilized country takes it seriously. China is on way to enslave pakistani muslims with moneypower, so it is quiet. Porkistan is a "gone...." country.
        (0)(0)
        Reply
        1. K
          Kamal Pasha
          Aug 25, 2017 at 1:42 pm
          Rajesh Pandit : Be ready, China is coming to destroy India. US will not help you .
          (0)(0)
          Reply
          1. Ali Soren
            Aug 26, 2017 at 8:09 am
            exactly bro
            (0)(0)
            Reply
          2. S
            S. KRISHNASWAMY
            Aug 25, 2017 at 9:43 am
            Mr.Imran Khan - I am a fan of yours for a very long time and wished under your leadership, Pakistan will do well for itself, lift it from poverty, etc. etc. But your statement has utterly disappointed me. You are no different from others, Take it from me, you have lost the U.S. In a few years, China will swallow Pakistan as a whole and you as a country will not exist. Wake up and do something different (you know what it is) so that Pakistan prospers, there is peace in our region. Let's all live happily during the short life we all enjoy.
            (0)(0)
            Reply
            1. Ali Soren
              Aug 26, 2017 at 8:10 am
              plz dont talk about things you dont understan
              (0)(0)
              Reply
            2. Bert Brech
              Aug 25, 2017 at 9:21 am
              Why is the Indian Express printing foreign agency reports that underplay Pakistani terrorism?
              (0)(0)
              Reply
              1. Load More Comments
              Adda