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From Truman to Trump

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On the first day of 2018, Donald Trump lashed out at Pakistan, through his official twitter account, stating that the United States has “foolishly given Pakistan more than 33 billion dollars in aid over the last 15 years for nothing but lies and deceit”. Mr Trump also accused Pakistan of providing a ‘safe haven’ to these terrorists.

By Thursday, Trump’s social media tirade against Pakistan was fully endorsed by the US State Department, which announced that it would withhold up to $255 million in U.S. aid until the country takes ‘decisive action’ against the Taliban and the Haqqani network.

It is worth mentioning that this is not the first time Mr Trump has hurled accusations against Pakistan through his twitter account. A few months ago, in August 2017, Trump had tweeted that Pakistan “often gives safe haven to agents of chaos, violence and terror.”

However, contrary to this narrative, Trump has also appreciated Pakistan’s efforts in rescuing US-Canadian hostages from Taliban captivity, in October 2017, by tweeting that the US is “starting to develop a much better relationship with Pakistan and its leaders. I want to thank them for their cooperation on many fronts.”

Such divergent statements of Mr Trump accurately depict the dynamics of a love-hate relationship between both the countries.

A quick look at history reveals that the saga of this strange and ambivalent relationship started a few months after independence in 1947, when the then Pakistani leadership, while accepting the invitation of President Harry S........

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