By Islamuddin Sajid
Pakistan on Tuesday summoned the U.S. envoy and lodged
According to a statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua called in the U.S. Charge d'affaires Ambassador Paul Jones to register a protest on the “unwarranted and unsubstantiated allegations” made against Pakistan.
On Monday, a war of words erupted between Trump and Pakist
"We no longer pay Pakistan the $Billions because they would take our money and do nothing for us, Bin Laden being a prime example, Afghanistan being another. They were just one of many countries that take from the United States without giving anything in return. That's ENDING!," Trump tweeted.
Khan responded to the tweet and said: "Trump's false assertions add insult to the injury Pak has suffered in US WoT [War on Terror] in terms of lives lost &
Now we will do what is best for our people & our interests."
On Tuesday, Pakistan’s foreign secretary rejected the insinuations about Osama Bin Laden and reminded the U.S. envoy that it was her country’s “intelligence cooperation that provided the initial evidence to trace the whereabouts of OBL.”
"Conveying her Government’s disappointment on the recent tweets and comments by the US President, the US CdA [charge d'affaires] was told that such baseless rhetoric about Pakistan was totally unacceptable," the statement said.
It said the foreign secretary told the U.S. envoy that no other country had paid a heavier price than Pakistan in the fight against terrorism.
"The US must not forget that scores of top Al-Qaeda leaders were killed or captured by active Pakistani cooperation. Pakistan’s continued support to the efforts of
In the wake of recent U.S. pronouncements to seek
“At this critical juncture, baseless allegations about a closed chapter of history could seriously undermine this vital cooperation,” Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry warned.
Also, Pakistan’s army chief Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa said his country has successfully fought terror elements and contributed to regional peace.
"We have paid the highest military, economic, political and social cost and the world should acknowledge that. We shall continue to contribute towards peace in Afghanistan but Pakistan's
Meanwhile, a Pentagon spokesman said Pakistan remains a critical partner to America’s South Asia strategy, reported NDTV, an Indian news broadcaster.
"The US and Pakistan have
When asked if his comments
Relations between the two allies in the war against terrorism have nosedived since Trump assumed office last year, mainly because of
Washington accuses Islamabad of providing safe havens to the powerful Haqqani network which is blamed for numerous attacks on foreign forces in Afghanistan including capital Kabul in recent years. Pakistan denies the allegations.