Islamabad (January 2, 2018): Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has summoned the National Security Committee (NSC) tomorrow (Wednesday) to deliberate over Monday’s statement by US President Donald Trump.
The NSC meeting would be attended by chairman joint chiefs of staff committee, the heads of the armed forces, the director generals of the Inter-Services Intelligence and Military Operations, sources said.
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The meeting will hold a detailed review of the US administration’s South Asia policy including Monday’s statement by President Trump.
Trump earlier tweeted that the United States had foolishly given Pakistan more than $33 billion in aid over the last 15 years.
The US president accused Pakistan of giving nothing but lies and deceit, thinking US leaders to be fools. “They give safe havens to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan, with little help. No more!”
Trump’s tweet followed strong reaction from Islamabad, with Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif saying that the US President’s ‘no more’ holds no importance.
“We have already told the US that we will not do more, so Trump’s ‘no more’ does not hold any importance,” Asif said.
He said that Pakistan does not want aid, whether the United States blocks it or not. “Trump can ask his administration as to why were funds given to Pakistan.”
The minister reassured that his government would safeguard the interests of Pakistan and whatever decisions it made, would be in line with the country’s interests.
“We are not meant for safeguarding interests of any other state; our priority is Pakistan’s betterment,” he said. “If our interests differ with them, we will not become their allies,” he said.
“This sort of dictation is not acceptable at all,” Asif said, in response to Monday’s tweet by President Trump.
Pakistan also summoned US Ambassador David Hale to its Foreign Office and recorded protest over Trump statement.