Nisar assails Trump’s claims of aid for Pakistan

Former interior minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan ridiculed Trump’s claim that the US has paid “billions and billions of dollars” to Pakistan, calling on the Pakistani government to put on the table the record of past 20 years to expose American claims.”It’s not billions of dollars, it is peanuts,”  Nisar said while addressing to National Assembly, that the Coalition Support Fund paid by the US is for the services rendered by Pakistan in the fight against terrorism. “Agreeing with Opposition leader Khursheed Shah, he said that a joint session of the parliament should have been called to discuss the response to the US policy instead of a National Assembly session. A message conveyed from the United Parliament would be positive, he added. Trump used his August 21 speech to announce the new strategy, which denounces Pakistan for supposedly allowing terrorists to uphold safe havens inside its territory. It also gave India a bigger role in Afghanistan, stoking fears in Islamabad that India would use this opportunity for stirring troubles in the bordering areas of Pakistan. Talking tough on Pakistan, Trump had said, “We can no longer be silent about Pakistan’s safe havens for terrorist organizations,” warning that vital aid to Islamabad could be cut.”We have been paying Pakistan billions and billions of dollars at the same time they are housing the very terrorists that we are fighting,” Trump had said. “That will have to change and that will change immediately.”

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