It is time to say goodbye to US aid : Shahbaz Sharif

Vastavam web: Pakistan’s Punjab province Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said that it is time to say goodbye to US aid after President Donald Trump made harsh remarks and “exaggerated statements” about the financial assistance to Islamabad.Shahbaz’s statement comes days after President Trump alleged that Pakistan received billions of dollars in aid but did not act against “terrorist havens” in the country.Trump lashed out at Pakistan, accusing the country of playing a double game as it accepted American aid but gave safe haven to insurgents who kill Afghan and NATO troops.
In a statement issued yesterday, Shahbaz said it’s time Pakistan closed the chapter of the US aid by politely saying “thank you” (for the help), the Dawn reported.Shahbaz said that it’s time for Pakistan to politely and gratefully close the chapter on the US assistance so that the bilateral relationship can be freed from the shadow of repeated contemptuous taunts.”Pakistani people craved the opportunity to be treated fairly and honorably and remain committed to contributing to the world peace and prosperity,” said Shahbaz, a senior leader of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz.Over the years many countries including the US had helped Pakistan improve health, education and other service delivery areas for its people and this vital support continued to be welcomed, he acknowledged. But, he said in the same breath, that no country should see its generosity as a justification to make unfair accusations and demands of the Pakistani people.