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US spent peanuts, not billions of dollars in aid: Pak ex-Interior Minister

Former Interior Minister Nisar Ali Khan lambasted Trump's new strategy for Afghanistan, South Asia

IANS  |  Islamabad 

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The has given "peanuts" and not "billions of dollars" in aid, said the country's former on Wednesday as he lambasted President Donald Trump's new strategy for Afghanistan and South Asia.

Ridiculing Trump for saying that the has paid "billions and billions of dollars" to Pakistan, Khan called on the Pakistani government to conduct an audit of aid received in the last 10 years to "expose" American claims, Dawn newspaper reported.

"It's not billions of dollars, it is peanuts," the former Interior Minister said while speaking in the National Assembly. He said that was not responsible for the failure of and its allies in Afghanistan.

Khan said that the Coalition Support Fund paid by Washington is for the services rendered by Islamabad in the fight against terrorism.

"The drags its feet during the payment of the military fund, Khan said adding, "If our bill (for military services) is $500 million, they (the US) sit on it for months... and end up giving $200 million.

"They have ruined our roads, our airspace, our country, but are not ready to pay for the expenses."

"Put your money where your mouth is," Khan said, adding that the has been able to point fingers because did not keep a proper record of American assistance.

The former minister said that all the institutions should be united and speak the same language in responding to the new policy, adding that a statement based on arguments should be prepared in which the allegations of terrorist networks and inordinate aid are addressed.

Khan said that it was a positive step that the visit of Assistant Secretary of State Alice Wells was rescheduled. The diplomat should visit, he said, "but we should first say we want to wipe the slate clean regarding the allegations levelled against us".

He said that a way forward should be cleared by the Foreign Ministry: "You (US) give the evidence, we will clear (the matter)", adding that the biggest destabilising factor in Afghanistan is the plan to impose "totally irrelevant country" India on Afghanistan, the report said.

First Published: Wed, August 30 2017. 17:02 IST
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