Pakistan's top civil-military leaders join heads over Trump's tweet

Published: January 2, 2018
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ISLAMABAD: A high level meeting of National Security Committee (NSC) to discuss US President Donald Trump’s latest statement alleging Pakistan of ‘lies and deceit’ was held in Islamabad on Tuesday.

Senior civil-military leaders, including Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif, and services chiefs were present in the huddle.

In a 50 word tweet, the US President stated: “The US has foolishly given Pakistan more than $33 billion in aid over the last 15 years, and they have given us nothing but lies and deceit, thinking of our leaders as fools. They give safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan, with little help. No more!”

Trump’s first tweet of 2018 comes just days after a New York Times report that the Trump administration was considering withholding the release of an already-delayed $255 million payment over Islamabad’s failure to ‘do more’ in the war on terror.

The tweet is just the latest lowlight in the tailspin that the US-Pakistan relationship has been caught in since August when Trump accused Pakistan of giving “safe haven to agents of chaos, violence and terror”.

There were signs of some improvement in the middle, with Trump tweeting in October that he was “Starting to develop a much better relationship with Pakistan and its leaders,” as he thanked “them for their cooperation on many fronts.”

But despite this, the tweet though was less bolt-from-the-blue and more hint-not-taken. Weeks earlier, Trump had said, “We make massive payments every year to Pakistan. They have to help,” as he unveiled his national security strategy.

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  • Shocked and Horrified
    Jan 2, 2018 - 5:31PM

    Pakistan finds itself between a Rock and a Hard Place.Recommend

  • taimur
    Jan 2, 2018 - 5:46PM

    The price of mustard oil has skyrocketed in Pakistan.Recommend

  • Rex Minor
    Jan 2, 2018 - 5:56PM

    Pakistan leadership should know that they are dealing with an illetrate President and should have reacted already to stop the use of Transit route for foreign military forces. Pakistan parlimentarians must be given the details of agreemnts which Pakistan successive Governmnts entered into coincident with American invasion of Afghanistan. Trumpers white house is sorrounded by former military generals who are of the opinion that with the direct assistance, whatevr it means, of Pakistan military the war is winnable as with the help of China North Korea can be cowed down?

    Rex MinorRecommend

  • Bhaijaan
    Jan 2, 2018 - 6:24PM

    Time to rethink where you are headed!Recommend

  • powayman
    Jan 2, 2018 - 9:01PM

    Musharraf knew how to work with the American’s – took their money and did the bare minimum to keep them happy. He rarely said NO.Recommend

  • Rex Minor
    Jan 2, 2018 - 9:45PM

    This is not the time for meetings but to declare the state of emergency in the country, the military on 24 hrs allert to save guard its frontiers on land air and sea. The parliament be called to be appraised of the emergency caused by the super power accusations and threats over the last quarter of the year 2017 and the 2018 tweet. The audits do not frighten the hotelier whose own accounts hve ben the subject for more than a year.

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