Alwaght- Pakistan’s army chief says Islamabad “felt betrayed” by criticism that the country was not doing enough to fight terrorism, after US President Donald Trump accused Pakistan of “lies and deceit”.
Pakistani Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa told US Central Command Chief General Joseph Votel on the phone that the “entire Pakistani nation felt betrayed over US recent statements" after Trump said that Islamabad was full of "lies and deceit" and in reality supported the terrorists, Pakistan's army said in a statement on Friday.
The statement said the call, which had been made by Votel, had been made earlier this week.
The US President, in a recent tweet, said Pakistanis “have given us nothing but lies & deceit”, and instead of fighting terrorists, Pakistanis gave them a “safe haven”.
Trump's administration last week announced the suspension of about $2 billion in security aid to Pakistan, triggering a huge backlash in the country.
Following Trump’s remarks, Pakistan announced it is considering an increase in the toll tax of containers carrying military hardware and weapons for US-led NATO troops in Afghanistan amid a rift with the US.
Pakistani authorities will likely put in place a 100 to 150 percent raise in the tax.
The Pakistani Ministry of Communication is said to present a revision of the toll tax rate on NATO containers to the prime minister for approval.