Pakistan preparing 'detailed response' to Trump’s allegations, says official

Published: August 22, 2017
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US President Donald Trump. PHOTO: REUTERS

US President Donald Trump. PHOTO: REUTERS

ISLAMABAD: The federal government is in the process of consultation with all stakeholders to prepare a detailed response to the United States President Donald Trump’s recent statement in which he denounced “Pakistan’s safe havens for terrorist organisations”, sources in the Foreign Office revealed on Tuesday.

The Trump administration has ratcheted up pressure on Pakistan to make sure its soil is not used to plan and conduct terrorist attacks against its neighbours – a charge often levelled by India and Afghanistan.

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“There is nothing new in President Trump’s speech,” a senior government official who did not wish to be named told The Express Tribune. “Pakistan has destroyed and eliminated the terror infrastructure from its soil therefore repeating the demand of ‘do more’ is not going to work.”

In his first formal address to the Americans as commander-in-chief on Monday, Trump cleared the way for the deployment of thousands more US troops to Afghanistan, backtracking from his promise to swiftly end America’s longest war. He also said the US wanted India to help more with Afghanistan, especially in the areas of economic assistance and development.

Commenting on the US president’s backing of India to play a role in the economic development in Afghanistan, the FO official said it did not make any sense as India was not an economic power that could contribute for the prosperity of Afghanistan. “How can a country which is struggling to deal with abject poverty help others?” the official questioned.

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The official, however, agreed that a detailed response will only be issued after consultations have been carried out with all relevant stakeholders. Trump’s announcement came amid a month of serious turmoil for his administration, which has seen several top White House officials fired and revelations that members of Trump’s campaign are being investigated by a federal grand jury.

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  • Faisal
    Aug 22, 2017 - 4:40PM

    We should go for economic development all around. We shouldn’t be viewed as obstructionists.Recommend

  • Ahmar Khan
    Aug 22, 2017 - 8:11PM

    Expel all US diplomats. Form an alliance with Russia, China and Iran. That is the only pragmatic response.Recommend

  • London Banker
    Aug 22, 2017 - 9:21PM

    Why do our “officials” have so much time? We were mentioned in passing and we should ignore this madman and focus on the real deal.Recommend

  • Haji Atiya
    Aug 22, 2017 - 9:36PM

    @Ahmar Khan:
    That’s all well and fine but India already has close alliances with Russia and Iran. So due to our own short-sightedness over the years, general lack of diplomatic prowess, and ‘picking the wrong horses’ we find ourselves outmaneuvered time and time again.Recommend

  • Sad but True
    Aug 22, 2017 - 9:57PM

    @Ahmar Khan:
    Form an Alliance with Iran? Will KSA allow you?Recommend

  • Merwais Khan
    Aug 22, 2017 - 10:11PM

    We are not in a position to reply back. It’s our fault with our wrong policy toward Afghanistan. We lost Afghanistan to India and our friendship with the USA and Europe because of our wrong policies.Recommend

  • Sodomite
    Aug 23, 2017 - 12:04AM

    Let’s let not delude this nation any further. Pakistan has no response. As supplicants we are told not asked and any response we give goes into US dustbin. Grow up Pakistan.Recommend

  • Dipak
    Aug 23, 2017 - 12:29AM

    Dipak @Faisal: BUT HOW? WE CAN’T GET ANY THING TO GET OUT OF STONE AGE AFTER 70 YEARS. AND INSIA IS WORLD’S LARGEST DEMOGRACY WITH ECONOMY GROWING BY LEAPS AND BOYNDS.Recommend

  • Faisal
    Aug 23, 2017 - 12:37AM

    @Haji Atiya
    What you are saying is a common myth both among our elites and the lay public. A country’s power in the global community is determined by (mostly) economic strength and to some extent soft power. We have neither. We are not a soft power since we are viewed as an extremist society.

    So diplomatic maneuvering and lobbying can’t help much. Recommend

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