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Donald Trump 'talking in the language of India': Pak foreign minister

The question is will America create a situation which will harm Pakistan, asks Pak Defence Minister Khurram Dastagir

Press Trust of India  |  Islamabad 

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Supporters of Pakistani religious groups burn a representation of an American flag at a rally to condemn a tweet by U.S. President Donald Trump, in Karachi, Pakistan | Photo: AP/PTI

Foreign Minister on Thursday alleged that US President Donald Trump's recent remarks against his country showed that he was "talking in the language of India".

Briefing the Parliamentary Committee on Security about tension between and the US following Trump's remarks, Asif said the US is making Islamabad a scapegoat for its failure in

Trump had accused of giving nothing to the US but "lies and deceit" in return for $33 billion aid.

Sources privy to the discussion in the meeting said Asif told lawmakers, "Trump was speaking in the language of "

"The statements from the US leaders are contrary to the facts," Asif said.

Assembly Speaker Ayaz Sadiq, who heads the body, told the media after the meeting that there should be "balanced response" to the statements from the US.

"The country's dignity should be maintained, w le engaging with the US," he said.

He said the committee has decided to reconvene next week for a briefing by security agencies.

The closed-door meeting came at the heels of a high-level Security Committee meet and the cabinet meeting earlier this week.

Defence Minister was also present in the meeting.

Dastagir said when US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Defence Secretary James Mattis visited Pakistan, they presented their stance in accordance with diplomatic norms and the talks were not threatening and insulting, Geo TV reported.

"(But) this was present in Trump's tweet and before that when US Vice President Mike Pence made the 'put Pakistan on notice' statement from Afghanistan," the defence minister said, referring to the threatening tone of the US leaders.

"We need to have a holistic review of the entire situation. We are conducting a complete analysis and coolly formulating our response," he said, adding that there should not be any doubts when it comes to the defence of Pakistan.

"The question is will America create a situation which will harm Pakistan...We are ready for this but still want to engage the US," he shared.

Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua and NSA Lt Gen (retd) Nasser Janjua also briefed the participants.

First Published: Thu, January 04 2018. 20:00 IST