Nawaz regrets over non-serious tweet by Trump about Pakistan

APP13-03 ISLAMABAD: January 03 – Former Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif addressing a press conference. APP photo by Irfan Mahmood

ISLAMABAD, Jan 3 (APP):Former prime minister and President Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Muhammad Nawaz Sharif Wednesday said issuing a non-serious tweet by the US President Donald Trump about Pakistan at the advent of New Year was highly regrettable.
“Head of any state should keep in consideration the international and diplomatic norms while talking about another state,” he said while addressing a crowded press conference here at the Punjab House.
He said the Coalition Support Fund (CSF) should not be given the name of any aid or charity, rather Pakistan’s great sacrifices in war against terrorism should be acknowledged.
“We do not need such a fund,” he said, urging Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi to devise a strategy to reduce Pakistan’s dependency on foreign aid so that its self-respect could not be hurt.
He highlighted the unmatched sacrifices of the country’s armed forces, law enforcement agencies, people and children rendered in the war against terrorism and regretted that those were not being acknowledged by the international community.
“We as a patriot must also ponder that why our narrative is not being accepted by international community despite rendering huge human and financial sacrifices,” he said, adding there was a dire need of self-accountability and coming out of self-deception to secure future of the country.
After the 9/11 incident, he said, no country in the world except Pakistan suffered such a huge human and financial losses in war against terrorism. “We have been engaged in a war, which was not basically ours.”
“The American president must realize that after coming into power in 2013, the PML-N government reiterated its resolve to fight against terrorism and initiated the military operation Zarb-e-Azb, which resultantly broken the backbone of terrorism, while remnant terrorists would be cleared soon,” he said.
Had there been any democratic regime back in 2001, it would have not bowed down before threats as was done by a dictator who was ruling the country at that time, he lamented.