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Pakistan Accuses Donald Trump of Speaking India's Language, Says US Covering Up 'Afghanistan Failure'

Briefing the Parliamentary Committee on National Security about tension between Pakistan and the US following Trump's remarks, Asif said the US is making Islamabad a “scapegoat” for its failure in Afghanistan.

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Updated:January 5, 2018, 8:13 AM IST
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Pakistan Accuses Donald Trump of Speaking India's Language, Says US Covering Up 'Afghanistan Failure'
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Islamabad: Pakistan Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif has 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 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.

Press Trust of India quoted sources privy to the discussion as saying that Asif told lawmakers, "Trump was speaking in the language of India. The statements from the US leaders are contrary to the facts."

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.

"The country's dignity should be maintained while engaging with the US," he said.

He said the committee has decided to reconvene next week for a briefing by security agencies.

The closed-door meeting came on the heels of a high-level National Security Committee meet and the cabinet meeting earlier this week, PTI reported. Pakistan Defence Minister Khurram Dastagir was also present in the meeting.

Dastagir said that 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.

"(But) this was present in Trump's tweet and before that when US Vice President Mike Pence made the 'put Pakistan on notice' statement from Afghanistan," the defence minister.

"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.

Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua and NSA Lt Gen (retd) Nasser Janjua also briefed the participants.

(With PTI inputs)
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| Edited by: Ananya Chakraborty
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