Following US President Donald Trump's astonishing Twitter attack at Pakistan, where he accused it of lies and deceit, called it out for serving as a safe haven for terrorists, and most critically, motioned to block all aid to the country, India's neighbour has come out with a multi-pronged response.
First, in an interview with Pakistan-based Geo TV, Pak's Minister of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) Khawaja Asif has said:
This policy is wrong and it represents the (US') frustration at their failures in Afghanistan for 15 years. If they want an account of the money, we're ready to give.
We've told US 'no more'. Trump's 'no more' is of no consequence.
Watch the conversation here:
Meanwhile, Pakistan's Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting said that the US shouldn't lay blame for its failure in Afghanistan on Pakistan. She added that Pakistan has rendered unmatched sacrifices in the war against terrorism, and there's no ambiguity about it.
Similarly, Pakistan's Foreign Office has also hit back at the US President. It has warned against the malicious campaign being used to trivialise Pakistan's achievements in the war against terrorism. It adds, 'allies do not put each other on notice.'
Pakistan's influential Army, generally considered the real power in the land, meanwhile, has issued a statement via its DG-ISPR (Director-General - Inter Services Public Relations) spokesperson Major General Asif Ghafoor who said, "The aid Pakistan received from the US was reimbursement for support Islamabad gave to the coalition for its fight against Al Qaeda."
(It's important to remember here that Osama Bin Laden had been hiding a stone's-throw away from a Pak military base in Abbottabad for many years before he was neutralised in a US Army operation)
The nation's Defence Ministry has also issued a response:
Pakistan, as an anti-terror ally has given free to the US: land & air communication, military bases and intelligence cooperation that decimated Al Qaeda over the last 16 years. But they haven't given us anything but invective and mistrust. They overlook cross-border safe havens of terrorists who murder Pakistanis.
Pakistan's Prime Minister has convened a meeting of his Cabinet on Tuesday.