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Time to bid farewell to US aid: Shahbaz Sharif

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  27 Aug 2017 12:00 AM GMT

Islamabad, Aug 26: Shahbaz Sharif, the Chief Minister of Pakistan’s Punjab province, has said it’s time to bid farewell to US aid in the wake of “exaggerated statements” about the fincial help both at local and intertiol levels.

“The exaggerated comments being made in the tiol and intertiol discourse regarding the US aid to Pakistan are tantamount to rubbing salt into the wounds of Pakistanis suffering terrorism, poverty and backwardness,” Sharif said in a statement on Friday. He said it was time Islamabad closed the chapter of the US aid by politely saying “thank you” (for the help).

The Chief Minister’s statement comes in the wake of US President Dold Trump’s accusation that Pakistan has been undermining Washington’s “war against terror” despite receiving billions of dollars in aid. In Lahore, thousands protested outside the US consulate and staged a sit-in while demanding that Islamabad severe diplomatic ties with Washington and suspend to supplies.

They also demanded that Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif cancel his proposed US visit and that India-Afghan transit trade must be closed. (IANS)

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