Srinagar: Pakistan has summoned a high-ranking diplomat from the United States to lodge a strong protest against President Donald Trump’s “unwarranted and unsubstantiated” criticism of Islamabad’s role in the Washington-led “war on terror”.
Pakistan’s Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua called in the US Chargé d’Affaires (US CdA) Paul Jones to the foreign office in the capital, Islamabad, on Tuesday, after Trump alleged that Pakistan “don’t do a damn thing” for the US while defending his decision to cut hundreds of millions of dollars in military aid to the country.
“Conveying her government’s disappointment on the recent tweets and comments by the US president, the US CdA was told that such baseless rhetoric about Pakistan was totally unacceptable,” Pakistan’s foreign office said in a statement.
“The foreign secretary told the US CdA that no other country had paid a heavier price than Pakistan in the fight against terrorism,” the statement added.
This came a day after Prime Minister Imran Khan hit back at Trump’s “tirade”, accusing Pakistan of taking money while allowing former al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden to hide in the South Asian country.
In a series of Tweets on Monday, Khan reacted sharply and called on the US president to name an ally that has sacrificed more to fight armed groups after the 9/11 attacks.
“Trump’s false assertions add insult to the injury Pakistan has suffered in US war on terror in terms of lives lost and destabilised and economic costs,” he posted on Twitter.
“He needs to be informed about historical facts. Pakistan has suffered enough fighting US’ war. Now we will do what is best for our people and our interests.” (Agencies)