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Pakistan brands Donald Trump ‘ignorant’

Pakistan brands Donald Trump ‘ignorant’

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s interior minister has launched a blistering assault on “ignorant” Donald Trump after the Republican presidential frontrunner vowed to free the doctor who helped track down Osama bin Laden if he wins office, reports AFP.
Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said the “government of Pakistan and not Donald Trump” will decide the fate of Shakeel Afridi, languishing in prison five years after his fake vaccination programme helped the CIA track and kill the Al Qaeda leader. Khan spoke late Monday in response to an interview with Trump on Fox News on Friday in which the billionaire claimed that if he became president he would have Afridi out of prison “in two minutes”.
“I would tell them, let them (him) out and I’m sure they would let them (him) out. Because we give a lot of aid to Pakistan,” Trump said, adding that Pakistan “takes advantage like everybody else”. Pakistan has historically been among the top recipients of US aid, receiving $633 million in 2015 according to USAID and billions in previous decades.
But Khan said the “peanuts” the US has given his country “should not be used to threaten or browbeat us into following Mr Trump’s misguided vision of foreign policy”.
“Pakistan is not a colony of the United States of America,” he said, adding that Trump’s comment “serves to show not only his insensitivity but also his ignorance about Pakistan”.