Pakistan summons United States ambassador over Trump tweet

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

Trump has in the past threatened to withhold the aid to Pakistan as the USA feels Islamabad is failing to cooperate on counterterrorism efforts.

After the tweet, Pakistan's Asif Tweeted: "We will respond to President Trump's Tweet shortly inshallah..."

Islamabad bristles at the suggestion it is not doing enough in the war against militancy, saying that since 2001, Pakistan has suffered more than the United States from militancy as casualties at the hands of Islamists number in the tens of thousands.

The Countrywide condemnation of US President Donald Trump's anti-Pakistan tweet doesn't seem getting alleviated soon, and now the Defence Minister Khurram Dastgir also rejected the notion of Pakistan having safe havens for terrorists.

Hours after Trump's tweet a top White House official confirmed that Washington has indeed chose to block $255 million aid to Islamabad.

Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif said Pakistan has already refused to "do more" for the United States.

In a tweet on New Year's Day, he claimed that the United States had foolishly given Pakistan over $33 billion in aid over the last 15 years.

But US leaders have often complained that Pakistan has done too little to help. "They overlook cross-border safe havens of terrorists who murder Pakistanis", the Pakistan defence ministry said in a tweet.

"We have started the construction of forts and posts on the Afghan border for effective border management - what more does the USA and Afghanistan want from us?" "No more!" Trump said in his scathing remark.

Clearly, Trump has pointed out that thge USA is not satisfied with the action taken by Islamabad against the terrorism emanation fro Pakistan's soil.

"It will only add to the acrimony that has crept into the bilateral relationship after Trump's arrival in the White House", he told AFP, describing Washington's approach as "more bullying than rational".

It was not immediately clear why Trump chose to send the message on Pakistan, but in the past he has accused Islamabad of supporting "agents of chaos" and has demanded that Pakistan act against the Taliban and Haqqani network.

"Now Pakistan's first attempt will be to neutralise India's narrative of Pakistan", Gul said.

  • Rogelio Becker