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Pakistan should not be threatened with the prospect of aid, Nawaz Sharif

Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N) President Nawaz Sharif said Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi should devise a strategy which ends the country’s reliance on US aid.
The PML-N leader and former prime minister was responding to the US withholding $255 million in aid to Pakistan following President Donald Trump’s tweet in which he said the US had foolishly given Pakistan more than $33 billion in aid over the last 15 years. “They have given us nothing but lies & deceit, thinking our leaders as fools,” Trump had stated.
Nawaz during a news conference at the Punjab House on Wednesday, described Donald Trump’s tweet as “sad” and “non-serious,” and stressed that a head of state should be mindful of the diplomtic rules of engagement.
“Pakistan paid the highest price after 9/11” Nawaz said, emphasising that the country had lost the most in the war on terrorism.
The former premier said further that the Coalition Support Fund should not be termed aid, adding that we do not need “taunts” about aid.
“Had there been a democratic government in 2001, it would not have sold its conscience,” said Nawaz, who was deposed in 1999 by the-then army chief General Pervez Musharraf.
“We need to take stock of the domestic situation and find out why the world has a negative view of Pakistan,” he added.