President, Jinnah Institute
Coalition support funds have NEVER been counted as AID in any accounting by Pakistan, nor will it be seen as part of assistance. It was compensation on expenses incurred re joint action on border. Other “Aid” we should indeed talk about, because Pk never charged for NATO traffic
Minister of Defence
Ministry of Defence
Pak as anti-terror ally has given free to US: land & air communication, military bases & intel cooperation that decimated Al-Qaeda over last 16yrs, but they have given us nothing but invective & mistrust. They overlook cross-border safe havens of terrorists who murder Pakistanis.
Most serious security threat for Pakistan is extremism/sectarianism & terrorism in the country. Pak could have taken a genuine strong stand had it implemented NAP. It cannot afford another Abbottabad. Let’s put our house in order before talking tough.
Member National Assembly, PTI
The stark fact is that the worlds preeminent military power, the largest military force ever in the history of mankind, has to find a scapegoat for its failures in Afghanistan. The easy choice is Pakistan because we made the mistake of helping US at a massive cost to our people
Bilawal Bhutto Zardari
Chairman, Pakistan People’s Party
We will eradicate extremism because it’s in our interest not because of what @realDonaldTrump says. We will not allow the #US to scapegoat #Pakistan for its own failures in the region.
Jalil Abbas Jilani
Former Foreign Secretary
2) Pakistan provided GLOCS/AIRLOCS facility free of charge to US/NATO forces in Afghanistan. The cost would have run into billions of dollars if charged. The US AID is an investment that the US makes in in its own national interests. USAID Administrator told Congress.
Anchor, Geo TV
Real pain behind @realDonaldTrump tweet against Pakistan may not be Afghanistan but Pakistan’s role on Palestine
A self- respecting Pak leadership must announce that it will take no aid, suspend all cooperation with the US and demand an explanation from Washington for this rude and belligerent statement. Anything less would be devoid of dignity and self- respect.
Professor, International Relations
3/Get out of messed up US/PAK relationship now! Don’t drag it out.Don’t wait to be dragged out. 4/Say goodbye to all US aid.Everything. Nothing there is essential. Make accounts of all past aid spending public. 5/Up the fight against terrorism. Earnestly. Relentlessly.
Syed Talat Hussain
Journalist and Commentator
National Security Committee meeting to take place today. Underlines how seriously the govt and the Army is taking Trump’s tweet. No individual institutional reaction will suffice. Now it has to be a whole of nation response.
Trump or not, US neither generous, nor fair to Pakistan. Pakistan must stop reminding others about how many people we lost to terror. No one cares. The more urgent question is, do we? 3 years after APS, almost 7 years after Abbotabad – how have we prepared for this day?