Donald Trump: Pakistan summons US Ambassador after US President's angry tweet

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The US President Donald Trump once again criticized Pakistan in strong words for harboring the terrorist groups despite receiving billions in aid to support the counter-terrorism efforts in Afghanistan.

Separately, the Foreign Office also summoned the USA ambassador in Islamabad David Hale last night and lodged a protest over Donald Trump's rhetoric against Pakistan.

David Hale was summoned by the Pakistan foreign office on Monday (local time) to explain Mr Trump's tweet.

The US President Donald Trump had warned in August that Washington will no longer tolerate Pakistan offering "safe havens" to extremists.

Stung by US President Donald Trump's New Year tweet berating his country, Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has summoned a meeting of the National Security Committee (NSC) on Wednesday, January 3.

"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 and deceit, thinking of our leaders as fools". He added that USA operations in Afghanistan were being affected because Islamabad provided "safe haven" to terrorists.

Trump used his first tweet of 2018 to tear into Islamabad.

"He has tweeted against [Pakistan] and Iran for his domestic consumption", Mr Asif told Geo TV on Monday.

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The reports said that Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua summoned the USA ambassador and sought clarification about Trump's remarks.

"Pakistan Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif responded immediately and said, ".Will let the world know the truth. difference between facts and fiction". He also said Pakistan was "ready to publicly provide every detail of the USA aid that it has received".

This comes after his administration is strongly considering whether to withhold $255 million United States dollars in aid to Pakistan as it feels Islamabad is not doing enough to counter terrorism.

But Pakistani officials rejected the requests.

Dastagir said that Pakistan could gain nothing from the US. He had criticised Pakistan in August 2017 for providing shelter to terrorists. In October, security forces freed two hostages, including an American woman, held by a Taliban-linked group for five years.

The United States president's "tantrum trumped", said The Nation.

Relations between the USA and its uneasy ally Pakistan have been strained for many years over Islamabad's alleged support for Haqqani network militants, who are allied with the Afghan Taliban.

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