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‘Trump’s comments hostile, threatening’

Pakistan’s National Assembly passed a resolution on Wednesday condemning U.S. President Donald Trump’s accusations that Islamabad was prolonging the war in Afghanistan, denouncing them as “hostile” and “threatening”.

Speaking before the Assembly, Pakistani Foreign Minister Khwaja Asif Asif urged the government to consider postponing any visits by U.S. delegations to Pakistan or by Pakistani officials to the United States and closing off “ground and air lines of communication through Pakistan”.

“Afghanistan, the U.S. and its allies should close their borders to leaders of terrorist, militant groups carrying out acts of terrorism against Pakistan,” said Mr. Asif.

He also termed an increased role for New Delhi in Kabul “highly detrimental to regional stability” and accused India of supporting terrorism and “destabilising politics in the region”.

In response to warnings that Washington might cut aid to Pakistan, Mr. Asif rejected the importance of American dollars, saying that Pakistan has lost more than $123 billion to terrorism since the Sept. 11 attacks.

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