Pakistan can review cooperation with US, says envoy to UN

 

Maleeha Lodhi stresses that the country has sacrificed most in the war to combat international terrorism. PHOTO: FILE

Maleeha Lodhi stresses that the country has sacrificed most in the war to combat international terrorism. PHOTO: FILE

Permanent Representative to the United Nations (UN) from Pakistan Maleeha Lodhi has responded in kind to recent tweets by United States (US) President Donald Trump in which he lashed out at Pakistan for protecting terrorist safe havens.

The state television on Wednesday tweeted that the country’s ambassador had spoken at the UN, in which she outlined the official Pakistani position on the issues Trump had raised in his Twitter outburst.

“We can review our cooperation if it is not appreciated. We have contributed and sacrificed the most in fighting international terrorism and carried out the largest counter terrorism operation anywhere in the world,” Maleeha was reported as saying.

Lodhi’s reaction is the latest in a rapidly escalating war of words ever since Trump announced a new security policy for the Afghanistan-Pakistan region back in August.

Trump had tweeted earlier that the US ‘foolishly’ gave aid to Pakistan over the course of 15 years but Islamabad remained deceitful by providing safe havens to ‘terrorists’ from Afghanistan.

Pakistan’s Foreign Office later also summoned US Ambassador David Hale later that night to lodge its protest against US President Donald Trump’s tweet in a visit that was confirmed by the US Embassy in Pakistan, according to reports.

Sources also said that Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua sought an explanation from the US ambassador over the American president’s tweet.

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