Shehbaz Sharif wants to close the chapter on US aid

Published: August 25, 2017


Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif has responded to US President Donald Trump’s hard line strategy on Afghanistan and Pakistan, saying the nation must politely close the chapter on US assistance to save face.

“It is time for Pakistan to politely and gratefully close the chapter on US assistance so that the bilateral relationship can be freed from the shadow of contemptuous taunts…” the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader tweeted on Friday.

Accusing Pakistan of “harbouring terrorists”, the US president, earlier this week, announced 4,000 new troops for deployment to Afghanistan, backtracking from his earlier promise to end America’s longest war.

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“We must view current geopolitical and security challenges faced by Pakistan as an unprecedented opportunity to begin to define truly sovereign and independent vision of its future in line with the ideals of its founding fathers,” he said in another tweet.

Shehbaz said Pakistan has endured the burden of terrorism for far too long and such remarks from US only throw a negative impact on the people of Pakistan.

“Constant allusions to American assistance in larger conversations about regional peace and security represent salt on the wounds of the millions of Pakistanis that have endured the burdens of terrorism, poverty and poor governance,” the tweet read.

“Pakistanis have already rendered enough sacrifices in man and material for achievement of shared objectives of terror-free and peaceful world.”

The Punjab CM reiterated that it was his “belief and article of faith” that the Pakistanis could get rid of aid, which harmed their self-respect.

He concluded the thread saying we must learn to rely on ourselves to be able to alter the fate of the civilians and the nation.

Rejecting the “specific allegations and insinuations” levelled against Pakistan, the country’s civil-military leadership has insisted that scapegoating Pakistan will not help stabilise the war-ravaged country.

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Reader Comments (4)

  • BrainBro
    Aug 25, 2017 - 2:23PM

    By cutting aid, he means military aid; which when cut, would reduce the power of the establishment over the next 8 to 10 years.Recommend

  • M.Sethi
    Aug 25, 2017 - 3:11PM

    I shall believe this isn’t a mere political rhetoric,but a sincere statement.Provided the USAID offices operating within Pakistan are ordered to pack up and leave ! Recommend

  • W.M. Khan
    Aug 25, 2017 - 9:46PM

    Make a public pledge that for every Rupee donated by any Pakistani the Sharif family will double match the amount upto say 1 billion sterling. You will still have property left in London and Pakistanis will have a new beginning. Take my offer and I start with Rs 1 lac!!Imagine what Humayum Akhtar, Mohammad Mansha and Tabbas can do just for a startRecommend

  • Abdul Majid
    Aug 28, 2017 - 5:12PM

    Sure, that indeed may be the case, but it is more likely that Pakistan will have the resources to buy the required hardware from the competitive market rather than the outdated equipment from US establishment@BrainBro: Recommend

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