KABUL Jan 16 (TNS): US President Donald Trump has become the unlikely recipient of a ‘Medal of Bravery’, which has been ‘awarded’ to him by a group of around 300 Afghans for his tough stance on Pakistan, said a report.
According to RadioFreeEurope Radio Liberty (RFE/RL),”This Bravery Medal is from the Afghan people to Donald Trump, president of the United States of America,” says the inscription on the medal, made with funds collected by Afghans from the Logar province, which is 60 kilometres south of Kabul.
Said Farhad Akbari, a community leader, told RFE/RL that members of the community have “waited 16 years” for someone in the US administration to make comments of the sort that Trump has made in recent weeks concerning Pakistan.
In his first tweet of 2018, the US President kept up the momentum.
“The United States has foolishly given Pakistan more than 33 billion dollars in aid over the last 15 years, and they have given us nothing but lies & deceit, thinking of our leaders as fools,” tweeted Trump.
Days after his tweet, the US announced it was suspending some $2 billion in assistance to Pakistan until it did more to fight terrorism and stopped providing safe haven to the Taliban and other terrorists.
The government in Kabul has long accused Pakistan of backing and sheltering militants who carry out attacks on their soil. Pakistan has categorically denied the claims and provided proofs of Afghan government backing to terrorists carrying out attacks in Pakistan.
Akbari added that the decision to award Trump a ‘Medal of Bravery’ was made at an informal ‘jirga’, or council of residents.
The medal is made of 15 grams of gold, crafted by hand, and costs 45,000 Afghanis, or $645. Residents in Logar contributed their money for the medal.
The medal was handed over to the US Embassy in Kabul on Saturday, according to the report. Akbari said the US Ambassador John R. Bass has promised he will soon hand over the medal to the US President.