Islamabad, Jan 18: Pakistan’s foreign minister Khawaja Asif on Thursday said the country can live without any financial aid from the United States of America. Addressing a meeting of Senate committee on finance, Khawaja said Pakistan will never compromise on national integrity. Khawaja added that Islamabad’s relations with Washington hit new low after President Donald Trump accused Pakistan of delivering “lies and deceit” in lieu of $33 billion aid in last fifteen years. [Also read: Pakistani ISI Paid Terrorist Crores to Kidnap Kulbhushan Jadhav From Iran: Report]
“The United States has foolishly given Pakistan more than 33 billion dollars in aid over the last 15 years, and they have given us nothing but lies & deceit, thinking of our leaders as fools. They give safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan, with little help. No more!”, Trump had said in the tweet. [Also read: China Defends Pakistan, Says Responsibility of Fighting Terror Cannot Be Left With One Country]
This apart, United States also suspended additional aid of $ 2 billion to Pakistan. The relations were further hit after Pakistan said it will not share intelligence inputs with US security agencies. However, White House defended Trump’s remarks.
“US believes that suspending security assistance to Pakistan is important to put pressure on it to act against terror safe havens, said Press Secretary Sarah Sanders.
White House stands by the comments the president made in the tweet, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders responded by saying “yes”. “Our position is firm: that we believe that withdrawing that aid is important,” Sanders said.