Islamabad (August 30, 2017) Former interior minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Wednesday harshly criticized US President Donald Trump’s new policy for Afghanistan and South Asia.
Taking part in the debate in the National Assembly on Trump’s allegations against Pakistan and threats, the former minister said that Pakistan was in no way responsible for the failure of US and its allies in Afghanistan.
He also lashed the US President for his statement of paying “billions and billions of dollars” to Pakistan. He said that Trump statement was ridiculous and disrespect to Pakistan and Pakistanis.
He urged government to put on the table the record of past 20 years to expose American claims.
“It’s not billions of dollars, it is peanuts,” the former interior minister said. Nisar said that the Coalition Support Fund paid by US is for the services rendered by Pakistan in the fight against terrorism.
He said that the US drags its feet during the payment of the military fund, adding, “If our bill [for military services] is $500 million, they [US] sit on it for months… and end up giving us $200 million.”
“They have ruined our roads, our airspace, our country, but are not ready to pay for the expenses,” he added
Nisar said while he was the interior minister, he had called for an “international audit” of US claims that it had paid Pakistan $240 million within five years.
But that “very democratic country [US] did not respond to the audit proposal, and the matters are still the same”, he said.
Agreeing with Opposition leader Khursheed Shah, he said that a joint session of the parliament should have been called to discuss the response to the US policy instead of a National Assembly session.
A message conveyed from the united parliament would be positive, he added.