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After Prime Minister Imran Khan lashed out at President Donald Trump’s diatribe against Pakistan, Pentagon asserted that Pakistan is an important ally of United States in South Asia strategy.

Col. Rob Manning, a Pentagon spokesman and Director of Defense Press Operations for the U.S. Department of Defense, said this in an off-camera news conference.

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Responding to a question over Trump’s interview to Fox News, Manning maintained that Pakistan and the US have mutual interests in the region whereas no change has occurred in their military ties.

In his interview on Sunday, the Republican leader had said he cancelled assistance worth hundreds of millions of dollars to Pakistan earlier this year because “they don’t do anything for us, they don’t do a damn thing for us.”

Trump had also told Fox News that bin Laden had lived “beautifully in Pakistan and what I guess in what they considered a nice mansion. I don’t know, I’ve seen nicer.”

PM Imran Khan hit back at Trump’s claim, calling on the president to name an ally that has sacrificed more against militancy.

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