Trump attacks Pak; says it has given US nothing but 'lies and deceit'

Washington, Jan 1 (PTI): In a scathing attack, President Donald Trump today accused Pakistan of giving nothing to the US but "lies and deceit" in return for USD 33 billion aid and said Islamabad has provided "safe haven" to terrorists.

"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," Trump said in a strongly worded tweet.

"They give safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan, with little help. No more!" Trump said in his first tweet of the year.

This is the strongest attack that has come from the US president. His remarks came days after the New York Times reported that the US is considering withholding USD 225 million in aid to Pakistan reflecting its dissatisfaction with the latter's reluctance in the war against terrorism.

In November, the US had strongly condemned release of the Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed by Pakistan and had demanded his immediate re-arrest and prosecution, warning that there would be "repercussions" for bilateral ties if Islamabad fails to take "decisive action" against the JuD chief.

Saeed, who carries a USD 10 million American bounty on his head for terror activities, walked free after the Pakistan government decided against detaining him further in any other case.

In his new South Asia Policy in August, Trump had called for tougher measure against Pakistan if it fails to cooperate with the US in its fight against terrorism.

"We can no longer be silent about Pakistan's safe havens for terrorist organisations, the Taliban, and other groups that pose a threat to the region and beyond. Pakistan has much to gain from partnering with our effort in Afghanistan. It has much to lose by continuing to harbor criminals and terrorists," Trump had said in his South Asia Policy speech.

Noting that in the past, Pakistan has been a valued partner, Trump had accused it of providing shelter to the same organisations that try every single day to kill Americans.

"We have been paying Pakistan billions and billions of dollars at the same time they are housing the very terrorists that we are fighting. But that will have to change, and that will change immediately," Trump had said.

"No partnership can survive a country's harboring of militants and terrorists who target US service members and officials. It is time for Pakistan to demonstrate its commitment to civilisation, order, and to peace," he had said.

Pakistan has repeatedly denied that there are any terrorist safe havens inside its territory. Both its officials in Islamabad and inside the United Nations in New York assert that there are no terrorist safe havens.

However, the top American leadership insists that there has been no change in Pakistani behaviour on this front that that it is fast running out of patience.

In December, the Pentagon warned Pakistan of unilateral action if Islamabad did not act.

In a surprise visit to Afghanistan before Christmas, US Vice President Mike Pence had issued a stern warning to Pakistan, for which using non-state actors against its two neighbours - India and Afghanistan - has been part of its national security policy.

"For too long Pakistan has provided safe haven to the Taliban and many terrorist organisations, but those days are over," Pence told American troops at the Bagram airbase in Afghanistan where he made an unannounced trip on December 21.

"President Trump has put Pakistan on notice," he had said.

Afghanistan's Ambassador to the US Hamdullah Mohib welcomed Trump's tweet.

"A promising message to Afghans who have suffered at the hands of terrorists based in Pakistan for far too long," Mohib tweeted.

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  • Gabriel, sagar

    Tue, Jan 2 2018

    The Non-State players control the helm of affairs of our neighborhood. It is the Rubber stamp governance by the non-state players. US administration finds too late to discover the truth.

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  • Thomas Andrade, Toronto

    Tue, Jan 2 2018

    You Americans came to know being fool very late. Billions of Dollars worth alms thrown at these beggars and this rogue country returned nothing but terrorism. Check what development you will find in Pakistan other than development in terrorism. Better late than never, at least now, albeit late, came to know your grave mistake.

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  • Don, Mangalore

    Tue, Jan 2 2018

    The country and itself was formed by lies and deceit, that's the hallmark of a perverted nation with a peverted ideology that is self destructive. So what's new? The whole world knows it, but to be politically correct no ones saying it like President Trump. At last someone had the courage to call a spade a spade.

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  • Nithya, Mangalore

    Tue, Jan 2 2018

    You are right Mr.Don. Because Trump is not a politician.

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  • leslie, udupi

    Tue, Jan 2 2018

    Pak was always used against India by US...
    It is a known fact...
    But after about 1990 certain Muslims got radicalled due to so much ambush by US led forces and countries...
    US never thought its own heart could be attacked...
    Bin Ladin did that too...
    Ladin was a rich man... Why did he do that???
    Life knows too little about life...
    Few things are unexplainable........

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  • Rob Stan, Udupi / US

    Tue, Jan 2 2018

    Bin Laden was son of a rich man but he realized that triple talaq, polygamy, head to toe burqa, women unable to drive, people not able to enjoy with music & sports, women unable to travel without a custodian, exit permit for expatriates, low salary for expatriates, locals depending on expatriates for every work, locals driving with their one feet on the steering wheel & other on the accelerator, locals driving their 4 wheeler on 2 wheels would all be taken away by America sooner than later.

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  • Alwyn, Mangalore

    Mon, Jan 1 2018

    Do not tweet it just act it. We must believe only in practice act like attacking who transport cows in India, just catch them and kill them.

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  • Tom Cat, Mangalore

    Mon, Jan 1 2018

    according to Pakistan's ideology, they can tell lies on three occasion's and it in their green book.
    1) To an enemy. Now, who is an enemy? It can be anyone who does not believe in their ideology.
    2) To a friend. 3) to a wife.

    Trump knows this so he going to screw this and deny them that. One Pakistani does not believe the other.

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  • Rathan, Mangalore

    Mon, Jan 1 2018

    This action of USA came only after 2014
    Why Jossy failed to mention ?

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  • Sudhakar, Kallianpur

    Mon, Jan 1 2018

    Aar nidred uller, lakkavodchi maraayare...

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  • Langoolacharya., Belman/Wash DC.

    Tue, Jan 2 2018

    You mean 'Vishranti' of Christmas and New Year together???...


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  • Reshmi Salian, Mangalore

    Tue, Jan 2 2018

    I am sure you don't know double standards of USA. Better not to be too happy with Trump's outbursts.

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  • Nithya, Mangalore

    Mon, Jan 1 2018

    The most ungrateful on earth.
    Chinese have already begun to have doubts.

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  • Luv, Mangalore

    Mon, Jan 1 2018

    So harvest time for China on Pakistan front !!
    Pakistanis will have to abandon english and learn Chinese to get jobs.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Mon, Jan 1 2018

    USA & India should jointly destroy Pakistan ...

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  • geoffrey, hat hill

    Mon, Jan 1 2018

    Why two superpowers? It'll be like Brahmastra on a sparrow.

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  • MOHAN, bc road

    Mon, Jan 1 2018

    in dreams. its poltics. USA policys double minded. indian polticians uses pakistan for their elction purposes. surgical strike ..etc etc..just eye wash. IF USA destroy, WHOwill buy usa s ammunation.

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