Relentless Trump triggers Twitter spat with Imran

Published: November 19, 2018
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Pakistan will now do what is best for its people, PM Khan tells the US president. FILE PHOTOS

Pakistan will now do what is best for its people, PM Khan tells the US president. FILE PHOTOS

KARACHI: US President Donald Trump sparked off a Twitter spat with the Pakistani prime minister, Imran Khan, Monday evening when he reiterated the allegations he had leveled in a Fox News interview a day earlier.

Trump accused Pakistan of “doing nothing” for the United States despite receiving “billions of dollars” in aid. He defended his administration’s move to cancel financial aid to Pakistan

“We no longer pay Pakistan billions of dollars because they would take our money and do nothing for us. Bin Laden being a prime example, Afghanistan being another,” the US president wrote on the social networking site.

“They were just one of many countries that take from the United States without giving anything in return. That’s ending!”

In the Fox News interview, Trump accused Pakistan of sheltering Osama bin Laden, the al Qaeda founder who was taken out in a clandestine operation by US special forces in Abbottabad in 2011.

Verbal duel: PM Imran fires back at Trump in scathing rejoinder

“Of course we should have captured Osama bin Laden long before we did. I pointed him out in my book just before the attack on the World Trade Center. President Clinton famously missed his shot. We paid Pakistan billions of dollars and they never told us he was living there. Fools,” he said in another tweet.

Minutes after Trump’s tweets, Prime Minister Imran Khan also took to the microblogging site to respond to the US president’s new rant. He described Trump’s false assertions as ‘adding insult to the injury’.

“Trump’s false assertions add insult to the injury Pakistan has suffered in the US war on terror in terms of lives lost and destabilised and economic costs,” Imran wrote.

“He [Trump] needs to be informed about historical facts. Pakistan has suffered enough fighting US’s war. Now we will do what is best for our people and our interests,” he added.

The United States has been upset over its military failure in Afghanistan where it has failed to defeat the Taliban despite squandering billions of dollars on the unwinnable war. And instead of finding a political end to the 17-year-long war, the US continues to push for a military victory.

 

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Reader Comments (15)

  • syed baqar ahsan
    Nov 19, 2018 - 9:40PM

    It was USA who used OSAMA in Yugoslavia for muslim up rising then introduced him in Pakistan for so-called pseudo Jehad against Russia in Afghanistan.This is reality rest all are stories cooked by USA. Recommend

  • iqbal malik
    Nov 19, 2018 - 10:31PM

    thats our tiger against the eagleRecommend

  • stevenson
    Nov 19, 2018 - 11:23PM

    Succesive Pakistani governments have not done it but someone needs to have the guts to close the border with Afghanistan and deport all the Afghan refugees who are causing all the problems we see.Recommend

  • Shuaib Hussain
    Nov 20, 2018 - 12:05AM

    Premier Imran should not have responded.Recommend

  • candy
    Nov 20, 2018 - 12:11AM

    So where is the upside in having a twitter war with Trump? Pakistan went through the trouble of destroying OBL Abbottabad mansion to put that embarrassment behind us – a tweet war doesn’t nothing but put that back in the limelight. Oh yeah – the guy were having a fight with has significant influence on whether we get IMF funding or maintain trade relationships with our largest export customer (USA). Trump has the attention span of a goldfish – ignore him and he will quickly move on. Recommend

  • krag
    Nov 20, 2018 - 3:14AM

    Do we want to get into a debate over OBL/.Abbottabad when we haven’t even delivered the promised report? Trump maybe off base but he has enough substance to make his sh*t stick to the wall. Rather than twitter debate maybe we should spend some time finding the people who help OBL and release Afridi? The fact that both are abhorrent to most Pakistanis tends to justify some of Trump’s comments. Recommend

  • not a spat
    Nov 20, 2018 - 3:43AM

    “US President Donald Trump sparked off a Twitter spat with the Pakistani prime minister, Imran Khan, Monday evening when he reiterated the allegations he had leveled in a Fox News interview a day earlier.”

    Imran did not have the courage to tag Donald Trump in his response. So it cannot be considered a twitter spat. Imran’s response was only directed to his own supporters.Recommend

  • Just Saying
    Nov 20, 2018 - 5:55AM

    Good going PM Khan, cut the nose to spite the face!Recommend

  • Sumair Mufit
    Nov 20, 2018 - 6:32AM

    Eagerly awaiting Khan’s U-Turn on this which we think is sooner than later. Afterall that’s in his words great leadership. Recommend

  • concerned
    Nov 20, 2018 - 9:38AM

    @Stevenson – cutting ties with Afghanistan and sending them back is not the right reaction. Afghanis in the end are our neighbours and brothers. They should be treated as such.

    But we should triple the duty charged on all American military shipments that go through our land and air space. Recommend

  • Atif Choudhary
    Nov 20, 2018 - 10:56AM

    Pakistan does not need US or IMF !!
    Our Islamic brothers have already provided enough money to solve financial problems.Recommend

  • Kumar
    Nov 20, 2018 - 11:02AM

    What all happened to rebuilding measures with US that foreign minister was saying just some 20 days before…Recommend

  • Newton
    Nov 20, 2018 - 11:38AM

    Food and culture to a great extent from India and religion for Middle EastRecommend

  • Tyggar
    Nov 20, 2018 - 3:01PM

    @iqbal malik:
    A Beggar cannot be a TigerRecommend

  • Maura Hakeem
    Nov 20, 2018 - 6:37PM

    @iqbal malik:
    Sure, but let’s put substance to that tiger roar and shoot down US drones violating our airspace already.Recommend

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