KARACHI: Reacting to US President Donald Trump’s recent scathing remarks about Pakistan, PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said on Tuesday the country will eradicate extremism because it is in its interest not because of what the US president says.
In a series of tweets, the PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto took the US president to task for accusing Pakistan of harbouring terrorists US is hunting in Afghanistan.
The PPP chairman said only his party had experience in handling both the US and domestic terrorism issue. “In our last government we launched Pakistan’s first, most extensive and most successful anti-terror operations. We also shut NATO supplies & air bases until the US apologied for Salala,” he added.
He further said that Pakistan needed to articulate and implement a counter violent extremism strategy not because of what the US wants but because the country needed to succeed and survive. He said: “We also have to come to terms with the fact, US is no longer interested in defeating terrorism.”
Taking a jibe at Trump’s statement, the PPP leader said: “someone please explain to @realDonaldTrump difference between coalition support fund reimbursement for work done & USaid ostensibly given for humanitarian reasons, to win hearts & minds.Cutting off moneys owed for assistance already rendered does not encourage further cooperation.”