United States ambassador summoned as Pakistan reacts to Trump tweet

United States ambassador summoned as Pakistan reacts to Trump tweet

Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi is holding an emergency cabinet meeting on Tuesday, 2 January, to discuss US President Donald Trump's latest tirade against Islamabad.

Pakistan's foreign minister Khawaja Asif gave an emotional response to US President Donald Trump for accusing his country of "lies and deceit". The US president added that his country's operations in Afghanistan were being affected because Islamabad provided "safe haven" to terrorists.

Pakistan Prime Minister Shahif Khaqan Abbasi is due to host a cabinet meeting that would focus on Trump's accusations on Tuesday, while country's top security officials would consider U.S. ties on the next day.

"We know that Pakistan can do more to fight terrorism and we want them to step up and do that", she said.

The New York Times reported last week that the United States might withhold $255 million in aid to Pakistan because of Trump's frustration over its handling of terrorists in the country.

The top United States general in Afghanistan, John Nicholson, said in November that he had not seen a change in Pakistan's behaviour toward militants, despite the Trump administration's tougher line against Islamabad.

The foreign minister began his series of tweets by taking a jibe at the former dictator Pervez Musharraf, the then President of Pakistan when the 9/11 attacks occurred in NY.

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"Pak as anti-terror ally has given free to USA: land & air communication, military bases & intel cooperation that decimated Al-Qaeda over last 16yrs, but they have given us nothing but invective & mistrust", Khurram Dastgir-Khan wrote on Twitter.

In the tweet, Trump has also added that Pakistan has provided safety to terrorists. Asif also said Pakistan did not need USA aid.

"They need to earn, essentially, the money that we have provided in the past in foreign military assistance, they need to show that they are honest in their efforts to crack down on terrorists", she said.

They work with us at times, and they also harbor the terrorists that attack our troops in Afghanistan.

Meanwhile, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan accused Trump of "working on the agenda of Pakistan's enemies". Washington clarifies that the aid is suspended until Pakistan takes some decisive action against the terrorism. "We make massive payments every year to Pakistan".

Washington's latest move comes after the U.S. was denied access to a member of the Taliban-linked Haqqani network in Pakistani custody.

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