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300 Afghans Award Trump a 'Medal of Bravery' For Action Against Pakistan

DIVYIA ASTHANA | 1
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| January 16 , 2018 , 15:29 IST

In appreciation of US President Donald Trump's action against Pakistan earlier this month, by suspending financial aid to it, 300 Afghanistan residents have come together to award Trump with a 'Medal of Bravery'. According to Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty (RFE/RL), US President Trump became the recipient of the bravery medal for his 'tough stance' on Pakistan.

The medal, made of 15 grams of gold and crafted by hand cost 45,000 Afghanis, or $645, a considerable sum for the war-torn country. Residents of the Logar province of Afghanistan, 60 kilometres south of Kabul, contributed to have the medal made, which is inscribed with the message, "This Bravery Medal is from the Afghan people to Donald Trump, president of the United States of America."

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A community leader Farhad Akbari, said that the members of the community have "waited 16 years" for someone in the US administration to make the type of comments that Trump has made in recent weeks regarding Pakistan.

"The United States has foolishly given Pakistan more than 33 billion dollars in aid over the last 15 years, and they have given us nothing but lies & deceit, thinking of our leaders as fools," said Trump in his first tweet of the new year on January 1, 2018.

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A direct neighbour to Afghanistan, Pakistan has often been accused of providing safe havens for terrorists, including terrorist groups active in Afghanistan such as the Taliban and the Haqqani Network. The Afghanistan government has long accused Pakistan of backing and sheltering terrorists that carry out attacks on their soil.  

The US alleged that the safe havens for terrorists in Pakistan are counteracting against the efforts in Afghanistan and since August 2017 have asked Pakistan to take action. Due to perceived inaction from Pakistan, the US recently cut off nearly $2 billion worth of aid to the nation.