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Bilawal Bhutto reacted to US President Donald Trump allegations

03 January, 2018

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KARACHI: Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Tuesday reacted to US President Donald Trump’s allegations levelled against Pakistan and said “we will not allow the US to scapegoat Pakistan for its own failures in the region”.

Bilawal, in a series of tweets, maintained that Pakistanis would eradicate extremism because it was in “our interest, not because of what Donald Trump says”.

The PPP chief said someone should explain to Donald Trump the difference between coalition support fund, reimbursement for work done and US aid ostensibly given for humanitarian reasons, to win hearts and minds. “Cutting off moneys owed for assistance already rendered does not encourage further cooperation,” he commented.

Bilawal said Pakistan needed to articulate and implement a counter-violent-extremism strategy not because of what the US wanted but because “we need to succeed, to survive”. “We also have to come to terms with the fact, US is no longer interested in defeating terrorism,” he added.

He tweeted that the US just wants to ‘win’ in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and the many quagmires they were involved in, having no plan to get out. “All they are left with is excuses, blame games and denial,” stated the PPP chairman.

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