“Everyone and their cat knows that Pakistan supports militants in Afghanistan and provides safe havens to them as well. The establishment proudly calls it the “strategic depth.” Nationalists here should stop feigning disbelief.

Friends abroad please don’t feel sorry for Pakistan after what Trump has said. Pakistan was never the victim to begin with, Afghanistan was. The military establishment never respected the sovereignty of Afghanistan and always wanted a client regime in the war-torn country. They have always tried to create the spectre of India in order to hide their own myopic policies towards Afghanistan.

“We have been paying Pakistan billions and billions of dollars at the same time they are housing the very terrorists that we are fighting,” he said. “That will have to change and that will change immediately.”

Sometimes even the devil ends up saying the truth and there’s simply no reason to refute the quote above.

For a long time, Pakistan has played a duplicitous game with the US, so now it’s only the case of chickens coming home to roost for the policymakers here.”

–Usman A Khan Tahir, editor of Pakistan Today