Pakistan can do without US aid: Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif

Asif noted that the Islamabad government has been trying to balance its relationship with the Trump administration. Photograph:( ANI )

WION Web Team Delhi, India Jan 18, 2018, 02.02 PM (IST)

Pakistan's Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif addressed the Senate Standing Committee on Finance earlier today.

Asif alluded to Pakistan-US ties and noted that the Islamabad government has been trying to balance its relationship with the Trump administration. 

He also noted that balancing ties with America would not mean compromising on Pakistan's integrity.

Pakistan is better off without the US aid, he further added. 

The foreign minister also noted the relationship between the two countries were normal before US President Donald Trump's repeated scathing remarks on Pakistan. 

Asif also clarified that Pakistan cannot keep hosting Afghanistan refugees. 

US President Donald Trump recently announced a cut in aid to Pakistan. The aid estimated around $ 2billion.

The move came in US' bid to force Pakistan to sever support for terror groups.