ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan called for the government to convene a special session of the Parliament to hold a debate on US President Donald Trump’s threats.
Speaking at a press conference here on Wednesday, Imran Khan deplored the government’s silence on the issue and urged Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi to give a strong reaction to the US president.
“I have to respond to Trump’s remarks owing to the silence of Prime Minister and Foreign Minister,” he said. The US president is holding Pakistan responsible for their failures in Afghanistan, he noted.
The US aid, he said, was nothing compared to the losses Pakistan had suffered in the war against terrorism. “Civilians and army are on the same page,” he said, warning the US against sending its troops inside Pakistan.
“Donald Trump is using the same language against Pakistan Army which India always does.
He said the NATO couldn’t overcome the situation in Afghanistan despite deploying 150,000 troops and having surveillance capabilities at its disposal. “Is it also Pakistan’s fault?,” he said.
“Pakistan’s security could be in jeopardy. We helped you (US) despite we need not to. Incidents like APS happened here.”
Khan recalled that he had opposed Pakistan’s participation in the US-led war in Afghanistan after the 9/11 attacks. “We joined the terror war despite the fact that not a single Pakistani was involved in 9/11 attacks,” he said.
“Pakistan had no reason to take part in that war. It was not our war. We sent our army to Waziristan at the behest of US . He said 70,000 Pakistanis were killed and many other injured in the war .
“We shouldn’t forget what destruction tribal areas have suffered. There are still IDPS. Our Army also rendered sacrifices . Our generals were martyred”
He lamented the US was giving India, which was involved in carrying out terrorist attacks through TTP in Pakistan, a vital role in Afghanistan.
Pakistan military should dictate red lines to US: Shireen Mazari
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf leader Shireen Mazari has lambasted Trump’s remarks about Pakistan in his policy speech as being a direct threat to the integrity of Pakistan. She urged the army of Pakistan to be geared up to defend the country if the United States decides to change its status from ally and enter the territory.
This is a direct threat of attacking Pakistan. Let us hope our mly will be prepared to respond if US soldiers enter r territory pic.twitter.com/V0sHN7B2d5
— Shireen Mazari (@ShireenMazari1) August 23, 2017
Mazari further urged the Pakistan military to dictate the red lines to the US. She emphasized on the importance of setting our foot down instead of whimpering in fear as was done against the drone attacks.
US president Donald Trump on Monday revealed the broad strokes of the new US foreign policy regarding Afghanistan. While asking Afghanistan, India and others to step up their game in the war on terror, President Trump saved harsh words for Pakistan. In his speech, he censured Pakistan for providing safe havens to “agents of chaos, violence and terror”. Neglecting the sacrifices Pakistan has made in the war on terror while being plagued with the scourge of terrorism itself, the US President asked Pakistan to pull its weight and show its commitment to civilization, order and to peace.
Pakistan rejected the allegations made by the Donald Trump. The foreign office released a press statement condemning the accusations. Several politicians, journalists and the Pakistan army spoke against the disappointing remarks and criticized the US for making Pakistan a scapegoat in its failed war.
Reacting to US President Donald Trump’s criticism of Pakistan during his speech on Tuesday, Pakistan ambassador to the United States Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry stressed that there were no safe havens for terrorists in Pakistan.
Earlier a statement had also been issued by Pakistan Foreign Ministry asserting Pakistan’s commitment in the war on terror. It said, “Pakistan has suffered more than any other country in the world from the plight of terrorism which has often perpetrated from outside our borders. Therefore, it is highly disappointing that the enormous sacrifices rendered by the Pakistani nation have been ignored in the US policy statement.”