Federal cabinet slams Trump’s remarks, US policy review


ISLAMABAD, Aug 23 (TNS): Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi chaired a meeting of federal cabinet in which the members condemned US policy review for South Asia and Afghanistan while expressing disapproval on President Donald Trump’s statements about Pakistan.

The members of federal cabinet discussed the new Afghan policy and went through its details. Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif briefed the ministers, special assistants and advisors about the US policy review before himself being briefed by the US Ambassador David Hale in meeting earlier today.

Sources told that Islamabad has decided to protest against the US. Cabinet said the statement issued by Donald Trump is disappointing, adding that the US hasn’t acknowledged the sacrifices made by Pakistan.

It has been decided to hold National Security Committee meeting over the newly made security policy on Afghanistan by US, sources within cabinet said. Military leadership will also be consulted in this regard.

Khawaja Asif announced to visit the US in coming days while stressing that Pakistan offered immense sacrifices in enduring fight against terrorism. Asif told the US ambassador that Islamabad desires peace and stability in Afghanistan.

It should also be noted that China defended its ally Pakistan after U.S. President Donald Trump said the United States could no longer be silent about Pakistan’s “safe havens” for militants and warned it had much to lose by continuing to “harbor terrorists”.