In response to the US President Donald Trump’s New Year tweet, Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Mr Khawaja Asif accused the Trump of “speaking in the language of India”.
Asif further went on to say that the US is using Islamabad as a cover for its unsuccessful efforts to eliminate terrorists in Afghanistan while briefing the Parliamentary Committee on National Security regarding the stress in the diplomatic ties between Pakistan and the US as a consequence of the tweet.
Notably, in the tweet, Trump had held Pakistan guilty for giving the US with nothing but “lies and deceit” in return for the $33 billion in financial aid the US provided it with.
Sources with the Press Trust of India who were aware of Asif’s comments said that the foreign minister regarded Trumps statements as a contradiction to the truth.
Ayaz Sadiq, the National Assembly Speaker and the head of the Committee, said in a media statement after the meeting that there should be a “balanced response” to the remarks made by the US President and the dignity of the country should not be compromised while dealing with the US. The committee will assemble again the following week for a briefing by the security agencies. Pakistan Defence Minister Khurram Dastagir was also present in the meeting.
According to Dastagir, on the last visit of US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Defence Secretary James Mattis, neither of them disobeyed the diplomatic norms and the conversations were not threatening or insulting by any means.
He said that the country needed to have a complete review of the entire situation from all aspects and that theyare conducting a complete analysis and coolly formulating their response while reassuring everybody of the country’s defensive measures.
He was apprehensive of the measures that will be taken by the US and whether they will cause damage to Pakistan.