Pakistan summons United States ambassador after Trump's angry tweet


Officials in the country's capital scrambled to arrange a cabinet meeting to be held Tuesday to adopt a response to the Twitter attack, while Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif said in an interview on Geo Television that the country is ready to publicly provide an accounting of "every detail" of us aid it has received.

Commenting on the tweet, Dastagir said Pakistan had extended unprecedented cooperation to the United States for eliminating Al-Qaeda from its soil and Afghanistan, besides fighting the war against terrorism.

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

"Pakistan is ready to publicly provide every detail of the USA aid that it has received", Asif added.

Trump's tweet drew a strong reaction from Pakistan. "America should take the path of dialogue instead of using military might in Afghanistan", Asif was quoted as saying.

It called Donald Trump's statement "provocative" and added that "Pakistan had made it clear the country was not prepared to take dictation from anyone anymore".

Late Monday afternoon, White House spokesman Raj Shah said the White House does not plan to spend $255 million in fiscal 2016 military aid to Pakistan already appropriated by Congress.

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Vice President Mike Pence in a surprise visit to Afghanistan on December 22 said the US administration was putting Pakistan on notice to end its support for Taliban insurgents, a comment that generated a chorus of criticism from the Pakistani civilian and military establishment, which has denied harboring Afghan militants.

"He has tweeted against us (Pakistan) and Iran for his domestic consumption", Asif told Geo TV on Monday.

But US leaders have often complained that Pakistan has done too little to help.

Ghafoor denied that Pakistan allowed training camps or organizational headquarters on its territory. "They overlook cross-border safe havens of terrorists who murder Pakistanis", the Pakistan defence ministry said in a tweet.

The Afghan and USA officials have always been insisting that the leadership councils of the Taliban and the notorious Haqqani terrorist network are based in the key cities of Pakistan where from they plan and coordinate attacks in Afghanistan.

"He is again and again displacing his frustrations on Pakistan over failures in Afghanistan as they are trapped in dead-end street in Afghanistan".