Los Angeles (February 09, 2018): Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has criticised a tweet sent out by US President Donald Trump was ‘deeply hurtful to the people of Pakistan.’
I feel, unfortunately, I don’t think the president intended to do so, but this tweet sends the wrong message.”
Trump, in January, had criticized the US for providing $33 billion in aid to Pakistan over the course of the past 15 years“They have given us nothing but lies & deceit, thinking of our leaders as fools,” Trump wrote in the tweet. “They give safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan, with little help. No more!”
“President Trump’s tweet, while I understand it reflects some of the emotions of the American people, it was deeply hurtful to the people of Pakistan, particularly those like myself who have lost loved ones in this fight against extremism,” Bilawal told to American news channel.
“I feel, unfortunately, I don’t think the president intended to do so, but this tweet sends the wrong message.”Relations between Pakistan and the US had strained after the former alleged that Pakistan had been supporting the Haqqani militant network, an Afghan insurgent group.
Bilawal also criticised the US for its past alleged support of the Taliban during the war between the Soviet Union and Afghanistan in the 1980s.
“The US government supported the Taliban and the Mujahideen in the Iran war,” Bilawal said. “They forced the Pakistani state and the government to support these forces.My mother warned the American president, George H. W. Bush, but I don’t want to fight about the past. I want to look forward.”