Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan has said that every Pakistani felt hurt and humiliated after US President Donald Trump accused Pakistan of being a safe haven for terrorist organisations.
“By joining the US war on terror, we lost over 70,000 people. Eighty per cent of the tribal people were rendered homeless and suddenly we have to hear this,” Khan said during an interview with CNN on Thursday.
Asked if Trump stopped civil and military aid to Pakistan, the PTI chairman said it would be good for the country.
“I’d recommend we could be better off without the aid as this aid has been very costly to us,” he said.
Khan advised Trump to find a political solution in Afghanistan by engaging the country’s neighbours and negotiating with the Taliban rather than sending more troops to the war-torn country.
“Have a dialogue with Taliban and simultaneously withdraw US troops… the stated policy of killing the enemy is what they have been doing till now,” he said.
The PTI chief asked the Trump administration how additional troops could fulfill their objectives when “the mightiest NATO forces” could not do so by “killing the enemy” in Afghanistan.
Announcing the deployment of thousands of more troops in Afghanistan on August 22, Trump had lambasted Pakistan for harbouring “agents of chaos, violence, and terror,” saying the US could “no longer be silent about Pakistan’s safe havens for terrorist organisations”.