Islamabad: Pakistan Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif on Thursday alleged that US President Donald Trump’s recent remarks against his country showed that he was “talking in the language of India”.
Briefing the Parliamentary Committee on National Security about the tension between Pakistan and the US following Trump’s remarks, Asif said the US is making Islamabad a scapegoat for its failure in Afghanistan.
Trump had accused Pakistan of giving nothing to the US but “lies and deceit” in return for $33 billion aid. Sources privy to the discussion in the meeting said Asif told lawmakers, “Trump was speaking in the language of India.”
“The statements from the US leaders are contrary to the facts,” Asif said. National Assembly Speaker Ayaz Sadiq, who heads the body, told the media after the meeting that there should be “balanced response” to the statements from the US.
Dastagir said when US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Defence Secretary James Mattis visited Pakistan, they presented their stance in accordance with diplomatic norms and the talks were not threatening and insulting, Geo TV reported.
“We need to have a holistic review of the entire situation. We are conducting a complete analysis and coolly formulating our response,” he said, adding that there should not be any doubts when it comes to the defence of Pakistan.
“The question is will America create a situation which will harm Pakistan…We are ready for this but still want to engage the US,” he shared.