ISLAMABAD: As he prepared to leave for Malaysia on Tuesday, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan categorically rejected US President Donald Trump's allegations that Islamabad had failed to cooperate with the US and had helped former Al Qaeda chief Osama Bin Laden hide in Pakistan for 10 years until his death at the hands of the US military in a covert operation in 2011.
Khan, in a series of tweets on Monday, said Islamabad had joined the American war on terror even though no Pakistani national was involved in the 9/11 terror attack in 2001.
"Instead of making Pakistan a scapegoat for their failures, the US should do a serious assessment of why, despite 140,000 NATO troops plus 250,000 Afghan troops and reportedly $1 trillion spent on war in Afghanistan, the Taliban today are stronger than before," Khan tweeted in response to Donald Trump's remarks.
On Sunday, Trump accused the Pakistani government of hiding bin Laden in its territory in an interview to broadcaster Fox News and claimed that despite the US giving $1.3 billion annually to Islamabad, the latter had done nothing.
"(bin Laden) lived in Pakistan, we're supporting Pakistan, we're giving them $1.3 billion a year. I ended it because they don't do anything for us, they don't do a damn thing for us," Trump had said.
Khan is travelling to Malaysia on an official tour from November 20, his first to the country since assuming his post in August, and will look to get some support from the region in the bilateral meetings he holds with Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamed. They will review existing relations and cooperation and identify new areas for future collaboration and possible funding between the two countries.
Malaysia and Pakistan enjoy substantial and long standing bilateral relations in the fields of education, tourism, defence cooperation and technical assistance.