Diving headfirst in the war of words, the President of the United States, Donald Trump has taken forward the Twitter spat with the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Imran Khan. Yet again blaming the country for harbouring the world’s most wanted terrorist at one time, Osama bin Laden, and even garnered an instant response from Khan.
Launching a solid feud between the United States and Pakistan, Trump brought to everyone’s notice how he pointed Bin Laden out before the Twin Tower attack and blamed Pakistan for letting him live under their nose inside the country. He also went ahead to call the Pakistan government ‘fools’
He proclaimed how the United States refuses to pay billions to India’s neighbour as there is nothing in return. Claiming Pakistan to be one of those countries who gave nothing in return, even cited Osama bin Laden and Afghanistan as an example.
To this, Pak Prime Minister Imran Khan immediately responded accusing Trump of “false assertions” and said that he needs to be informed about historical facts.
The chain of conversation was initiated by Donald Trump in his interview to Fox News, where the US President defended the cutting of military aid to Pakistan, denouncing it for consenting 9/11 mastermind Bin Laden to reside in Abbottabad.
To which, Khan responded with a series of tweets earlier on Monday asking the United States that instead of making Pakistan a scapegoat of their failures, the United States should seriously assess why Taliban is still stronger than ever.
Describing Bin Laden's lodgings in his final years, Trump said, "You know, living – think of this – living in Pakistan, beautifully in Pakistan in what I guess they considered a nice mansion, I don’t know, I’ve seen nicer."
Trump also remarked on how Bin Laden's compound was right next to a Pakistani military outpost, saying, "But living in Pakistan right next to the military academy, everybody in
Pakistan knew he was there. And we give Pakistan $1.3 billion a year.... [bin Laden] lived in Pakistan, we’re supporting Pakistan, we’re giving them $1.3 billion a year -- which we don’t give them any more by the way. I ended it because they don’t do anything for us, they don’t do a damn thing for us."
This Twitter battle between Pakistan and the United States, speak volumes of the changing allies and world orders around the global political spectrum.