Pakistan can live without American aid: Foreign Minister

"Pakistan is trying to maintain a balance in its relationship with US and the government has made it clear that Pakistan can live without aid by US but will not compromise on national integrity," he said.

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Islamabad, Publish Date: Jan 19 2018 12:41AM | Updated Date: Jan 19 2018 12:41AM
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Pakistan has made it clear to the US that Islamabad can live without American aid but will not compromise on its national integrity, Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif has said.

He told the Senate Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs that Pakistan's relations with the US were not as per routine after President Donald Trump's remarks, The News reported.

"Pakistan is trying to maintain a balance in its relationship with US and the government has made it clear that Pakistan can live without aid by US but will not compromise on national integrity," he said.

Asif told the meeting that continuous jibes at Pakistan are all accusations to put responsibility of US failures in Afghanistan on Pakistan.

"We have to stand up to those who accuse us of harbouring terrorists," he remarked.

He also made it clear that Pakistan could no more host refugees from Afghanistan.

Pakistan has been repeatedly seeking assistance in repatriation of the Afghan refugees and to work on border management with Afghanistan, he said.