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Stop using Pakistan as scapegoat for America's failed 'War on Terror', PM Imran slams Trump on Twitter

10:25 PM | 19 Nov, 2018
Stop using Pakistan as scapegoat for America's failed 'War on Terror', PM Imran slams Trump on Twitter
ISLAMABAD - Prime Minister Imran Khan fired back Monday after Donald Trump accused Pakistan of harboring Osama bin Laden despite getting billions of dollars in American aid.

A day after the US president, in a Fox News interview, ranted that Pakistan doesn't "do a damn thing for us,” PM Khan suggested in a series of tweets that Trump should examine his own country's failed "war on terror" and stop "making Pakistan a scapegoat."

https://twitter.com/ImranKhanPTI/status/1064482777054220289

Osama Bin Laden was found to be hiding in the Pakistani city of Abbottabad, where he was killed in a raid by US Navy Seals in 2011 in an incident that sent relations between the wayward allies to a new low. Pakistan denies it knew bin Laden's whereabouts prior to the raid, which was carried out without its knowledge. It later arrested Dr Shakil Afridi, who had run a fake vaccination campaign in Abbottabad to help the CIA confirm bin Laden's whereabouts.

Washington has long pressured Islamabad to crack down on militancy, accusing Pakistan of ignoring or even collaborating with groups which attack Afghanistan from safe havens along the border between the two countries.

But, Khan wrote: "The US should do a serious assessment of why, despite 140,000 NATO troops plus 250,000 Afghan troops and reportedly $1 trillion spent on war in Afghanistan, the Taliban today are stronger than before."

https://twitter.com/ImranKhanPTI/status/1064483937270018048

Khan also highlighted that Pakistan's tribal areas along the border have been devastated by years of war, with millions uprooted from their homes.

https://twitter.com/ImranKhanPTI/status/1064483393335898113

He also pointed to the logistical support Pakistan has provided for the US war in Afghanistan. The main overland supply route for American forces fighting in Afghanistan runs through Pakistan.

Calling on Trump to name an ally which has sacrificed more against militancy, the cricketer-turned-politician said that Pakistan had suffered 75,000 casualties and lost $123 billion in the "US War on Terror," despite the fact that no Pakistanis were involved in the Sept. 11 attacks. He said the US has only provided a "miniscule" $20 billion in aid.

Just hours after the PM took to the social media to share Pakistan’s sentiments, President Trump doubled down on his criticism of past administrations, military leadership and the Pakistani nation for not capturing or killing Osama bin Laden sooner in a series of Monday morning tweets.

"Of course we should have captured Osama Bin Laden long before we did. I pointed him out in my book just BEFORE the attack on the World Trade Center. President Clinton famously missed his shot. We paid Pakistan Billions of Dollars & they never told us he was living there. Fools!".

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1064540462848098304

"...We no longer pay Pakistan the $Billions because they would take our money and do nothing for us, Bin Laden being a prime example, Afghanistan being another. They were just one of many countries that take from the United States without giving anything in return. That’s ENDING!".

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1064544156960387072

Following Trump’s rant, PM Khan responded with another tweet: “Trump’s false assertions add insult to the injury Pak has suffered in US WoT in terms of lives lost & destabilised & economic costs. He needs to be informed abt historical facts. Pak has suffered enough fighting US's war. Now we will do what is best for our people & our interests.”

https://twitter.com/ImranKhanPTI/status/1064556017881686021

In September, Trump decided to cut off $300 million in US aid to Pakistan, accusing the country of providing a safe haven for terrorists.

Prior to his election as prime minister in July, Khan condemned Trump's decision to cut off aid as an attempt to "humiliate and insult" Pakistan and argued that his nation must never again be used by the US as a "gun for hire."

"We became a US proxy for a war against the Soviet Union when it entered Afghanistan and we allowed the CIA to create, train, and arm jihadi groups on our soil and a decade later we tried to eliminate them as terrorists on US orders," Khan declared in a January letter. "The time has come to stand firm and give a strong response to the US."

The writer is a member of the staff.

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Rupee exchange rate to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 25 Feb 2024 forex rates

Pakistani rupee remains stable against US dollar in the open market on February 25, 2024 (Sunday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.5 for buying and 282.55 for selling.

Euro currently stands at 302 for buying and 305 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 352.5 for buying, and 356 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.1 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.35.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 25 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.5 282.55
Euro EUR 302 305
UK Pound Sterling GBP 352.5 356
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.1 76.8
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.35 75.1
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 743.88 751.88
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209
China Yuan CNY 38.89 39.29
Danish Krone DKK 40.38 40.78
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.76 36.11
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.10 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 908.79 917.79
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.6 59.2
New Zealand Dollar NZD 171.68 173.68
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.43 26.73
Omani Riyal OMR 726.53 734.53
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.76 77.46
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 26.53 26.83
Swiss Franc CHF 317.87 320.37
Thai Bhat THB 7.79 7.94

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