ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday responded to United States (US) President Donald Trump tirade on twitter and asked him not to blame Pakistan for its own failure in Afghanistan.

He asked him to assess its efficacy in the War on Terror in Afghanistan instead of making Pakistan a scapegoat for its failures.

Trump in an interview to a TV channel tried to justify his decision at the start of 2018 to withdraw military aid to Pakistan by linking it to Osama bin Laden being found in Pakistan in 2011.

The bin Ladens had been living in Pakistan right next to the military academy, everybody in Pakistan knew he was there, the US president said.

Trump said that US used to give Pakistan $1.3 billion a year, but “I ended it because they don’t do anything for us.”

PM Khan responded to Trump’s statement and said Islamabad had decided to participate in the US War on Terror although no Pakistani was involved in the 9/11 attacks.

“Pakistan suffered 75,000 casualties in this war and over $123 billion was lost,” he added, of which “US ‘aid’ was a miniscule $20bn”, the premier said.

“Our tribal areas were devastated and millions of people were uprooted from their homes. The war drastically impacted the lives of ordinary Pakistanis,” he tweeted. “Pakistan continues to provide free lines of ground and air communications (GLOCs/ALOCs),” PM Imran Khan responded.

“Instead of making Pakistan a scapegoat for their failures, the US should do a serious assessment of why, despite having 140,000 Nato troops, plus 250,000 Afghan troops and reportedly $1 trillion spent on the war in Afghanistan, the Taliban today are stronger than before,” he suggested.