The United States President began the new year by taking on to Twitter to rile against Pakistan for the Southwest Asian country’s supposed failure to prevent terrorism in their region. The US president used his tweets to vent out his frustrations against the nuclear super power saying the country’s leadership “have given us nothing but lies & deceit.”
In his first tweet of 2018 President Trump said: “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!”
The United States is withholding a US $225 million military aid to Pakistan due to the country’s perceived foot dragging on the so-called war on terror.
Pakistan’s reaction to President Trump’s tweets was swift. The Pakistani Foreign Office summoned US Ambassador David Hale to their offices asking the diplomat to clarify his boss’s tweets.
Thousands of demonstrators in the Capital Karachi also burnt effigies of the US President as well as the American flag while chanting anti-American slogans. The Tuesday demonstrations were organised by a coalition of religious based political parties to counter Mr. Trump’s useless rhetoric.
The tweets from the US President also lead to a series of high levels of government and military deliberations on the continuously deteriorating relationships between the two countries especially since Mr. Trump assumed office last January.
The Pakistani National Security Committee convened a meeting on Tuesday. Details from that meeting indicated that the military leadership has noted its “deep disappointment with some of the recent statements” by Mr. Trump.
Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Pakistan’s Prime Minister also chaired a cabinet meeting on the same day and Trump’s accusations were said to be the main agenda for that high level government meeting.
Pakistani government officials are appalled at President Trump’s recent Twitter outbursts especially after recent efforts on the part of the US to achieving “durable peace and stability in Afghanistan” and recent “robust” visits by Secretaries Rex Tillerson and James Mattis of the State Department and Defence respectively.
We will continue to monitor the situation.
Written by Mamudou Jallow