Pakistan summons US ambassador, asks him to explain Trump criticism

The US envoy was summoned by the Pakistan Foreign Office at 9 pm on Monday night. Photograph:( Reuters )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jan 02, 2018, 01.43 AM (IST)

Hours after US President Donald Trump's tweet accusing it of "lies and deceit", Pakistan summoned US Ambassador David Hale on Monday night to lodge a protest, US embassy spokesman Richard Snelsire confirmed.

The US envoy was summoned by the Pakistan Foreign Office at 9 pm, a report in the Express Tribune said.

The Pakistan daily cited sources as saying that Pakistan foreign secretary Tehmina Janjua asked the ambassador to explain President Trump's tweet. 

In his first tweet of 2018, President Trump had said America had been "foolishly" providing military aid to Pakistan for 15 years, but in return, had only received "lies and deceit".

The US President had also accused Pakistan of providing a "safe haven" to terrorists the US was hunting in Afghanistan.

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Pakistan's Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif was the first to react on Monday and said the country would shortly respond to President Trump's tweet.

He tweeted:

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Pakistan's government followed with a barrage of tweets one of which said the US should not blame it for its failure in Afghanistan.

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Trump's scathing remarks come after a media report that the US was planning to withhold USD 255-million aid to Islamabad due to Pakistan's inability to destroy terror safe havens.

The New York Times reported that the growing disagreement between the two countries and Pakistan`s inability to neutralise the terrorist networks operating from its soil was possibly affecting the decision in providing financial aid to the Islamabad.
 

Story highlights

In his first tweet of 2018, President Trump had said America had been 'foolishly' providing military aid to Pakistan for 15 years but in return had received only 'lies and deceit'