Recovering from the setback due to the suspension of US aid, Pakistan appeared to be sending out conflicting signals on its future ties with Washington as its foreign minister claimed that its “alliance with the US was over”, but its foreign secretary asserted that relations between the two countries would soon return to normal.
Declaring that US and Pakistan were no longer friends and that bilateral ties needed a serious revisit, Pakistan’s foreign minister Khawaja Mohammed Asif said that his country’s alliance with the US was over after it suspended aid of over $2 billion in military assistance citing Islamabad’s failure to clamp down on terrorist groups in the country.
Claiming that Pakistan was not prepared to give any more sacrifices for the United States, he said in a TV interview that relations between the two countries became tense but survived after the Abbottabad raid in 2011 in which US commandos killed Osama bin Laden, the founder and head of Al Qaeda. Mr Asif said the US had maintained ties with Pakistan just for the sake of its own benefits. “The US behaviour is neither that of an ally nor of a friend. It is a friend who always betrays,” Mr Asif said.
He warned that in case of any US aggression, “Pakistan would respond in a manner that would reflect the nation’s will”. The minister admitted that Pakistan had made a mistake by becoming a part of the Afghan war and suffered a lot at the hands of terrorism.
Mr Trump, in a New Year’s Day tweet, accused Pakistan of giving nothing to the US but “lies and deceit” and providing a “safe haven” to terrorists in return for $33 billion aid over the last 15 years.
By: Asian Age