Pakistan hits back at United States after Trump accused it of harbouring terrorists


Pakistan says it is preparing a response to President Trump, who wrote in a New Year's Day tweet that Islamabad was giving Washington only "lies & deceit" in exchange for billions of dollars in USA aid.

US President Donald Trump yesterday accused Pakistan of 15 years of lies and deceit and ripped past US administrations for working with its government.

"They (Pakistanis) work with us at times, and they also harbour the terrorists that attack our troops in Afghanistan".

In the meanwhile, Pakistan's Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has today summoned a meeting of the National Security Committee (NSC) to discuss what further action needs to be taken following the US President's tweet.

And in the response to Donald Trump's tweet against Pakistan the foreign minister of Pakistan tweeted that we will respond to him shortly and will let the world know the truth and facts.

Earlier on Monday, Trump, in a strongly-worded tweet, said America had been "foolishly" providing military aid to Pakistan for 15 years, but in return, it has only received 'lies and deceit'.

Hours later, the United States suspended its Dollars 255 million military aid to Pakistan for now, the White House confirmed, saying the fate of such assistance will depend on Islamabad's response to terrorism on its soil.

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According to a New York Times report, 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.

Defence Minister Khurram Dastagir said Pakistan had extended unprecedented cooperation to the USA to eliminate Al Qaeda from its soil and Afghanistan besides fighting the war against terror.

"They work with us at times, and they also harbor the terrorists that attack our troops in Afghanistan", she told reporters at the United Nations on Tuesday.

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

Tensions between Washington and Islamabad were heightened in October when Pakistan refused to allow the U.S. access to a captured militant from the Haqqani network.

The previous United States administration promised the $255m aid to Pakistan in 2015 and announced to release it in 2016.

He added that China is very pleased to see Pakistan involved in the foreign cooperation, counter-terrorism included, based on mutual respect for contributing to the regional stability and peace.