The first tweet of US President Donald Trump sent ripples across the expert panels. He claimed that Pakistan was full of “lies and deceit” and making “fools” of US leaders. The tweet said “The United States has foolishly given Pakistan more than 33 billion dollars in aid over the last 15 years, and they have given us nothing but lies and deceit, thinking of our leaders as fools. They give safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan, with little help. No more!”
According to reports, Trump’s tweet was a result of a long discontentment on Pakistan. It is said that it took four months to reach, after Trump announced about the new South Asian policy. According to Husain Haqqani, Pakistan’s former ambassador to the US, “It’s the first time a US president has put his own name and reputation behind the pressure on Pakistan. George [W] Bush never said anything directly and Barack Obama, even after the discovery of Osama bin Laden, left it to officials to deliver the message of displeasure.”
Whether Trump’s comment is a firm statement or just another bluff from the bureaucrats will all depend on if Trump is going to withhold $255 million dollar aid to Pakistan. There have been attempts in both the Pentagon and the Assembly to change this decision but none have been fruitful.
It is believed that Trump’s decision is proving him to be a realist leader unlike other presidents of US. Pakistan has been given this chance over and over again to take action against the Taliban leaders and their minions. However, the changes haven’t been seen much. The accumulation of unmet US demands, including Islamabad denying access to a Haqqani Network operative captured During the rescue of an American-Canadian couple last October, has pushed the process to a tipping point.
UN Ambassador of US, Nikki Haley confirmed that Pakistan keeps working with the US, all the time but at the same moment, they harbor terrorists who targeted the US and people all over the world.