Days after US President Donald Trump’s “lies and deceit” remarks, Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal said that no one has the right to call us liars and hurl incendiary remarks Pakistan’s way, according to Express News.
Addressing a gathering at Police Lines in Islamabad on Wednesday, he said that external forces are trying to deteriorate the peace of the country since progress and peace are co-related. “We have to act towards these negative forces through collective means and we must not allow anyone to intervene in Pakistan’s internal matters.”
Iqbal added that in a democracy everyone is entitled to their right to protest, however, we will not allow anyone the licence to spread chaos in the country and will not let anyone to disrupt peace in Pakistan.
The interior minister went on to say that President Trump’s tweet was tantamount to negating the sacrifices Pakistan has made in the war against terrorism.
The United States has foolishly given Pakistan more than 33 billion dollars in aid over the last 15 years, and they have given us nothing but lies & deceit, thinking of our leaders as fools. They give safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan, with little help. No more!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 1, 2018
“After the US war against the Soviet Union in Afghanistan ended they washed their hands clean from the many problems in the area, mainly the influx of Afghan immigrants into Pakistan,” adding, “The US has not allowed even a single Syrian refugee into its country but we took in 3.5 million Afghan refugees into our own back then.”
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As a result, Iqbal said, the menace of drug culture and terrorism were left behind in Pakistan. “And it is Pakistan that is having to deal with the problems left behind by the United States.”
No one has sacrificed more compared to Pakistan for achieving peace in the region, the minister added. “Instead of pointing the finger at us they must do some introspection themselves.”
While talking about Pakistan’s resolve to bring peace to Afghanistan, Iqbal said: “Bringing an end to terrorism in Afghanistan is one of our priorities.”
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