A Furious Pakistan Summons US Ambassador, Calls Emergency Meeting After Trump Tweet

Tuesday, January 2, 2018
By Paul Martin

by Tyler Durden
Tue, 01/02/2018

One day after Trump, in his first tweet of 2017, slammed Pakistan claiming the US “has foolishly given Pakistan more than 33 billion dollars in aid over the last 15 years, and they have given us nothing but lies & deceit, thinking of our leaders as fools” the furious Pakistani government summoned the U.S. ambassador to protest against Trump’s angry tweet which Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif dismissed as a political stunt, while also calling an emergency cabinet meeting to establish the “difference between facts and fiction.”

In the tweet, in addition to accusing Pakistan of providing “lies and deceit” also accused the government in Islamabad of providing “safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan, with little help.”

In response, the Pakistan foreign office summoned US ambassador David Hale to explain Trump’s tweet, Reuters reported. The ministry could not be reached for comment but the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad confirmed on Tuesday that a meeting had taken place.

Foreign Minister Asif dismissed Trump’s comments as a political stunt born out of frustration over U.S. failures in Afghanistan, where Afghan Taliban militants have been gaining territory and carrying out major attacks. “He has tweeted against us and Iran for his domestic consumption,” Asif told Geo TV on Monday.

“He is again and again displacing his frustrations on Pakistan over failures in Afghanistan as they are trapped in dead-end street in Afghanistan.” Quoted by Reuters, Asif added that Pakistan did not need U.S. aid.

Speaking to local media, he accused the US of aiding and abetting terrorists that were making incursions into Pakistan. “US forces based in Afghanistan also overlooked safe havens of the banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) which has killed thousands of Pakistanis,” he told a private TV channel, referring to a Taliban-affiliated militant group based in Pakistan’s volatile region bordering Afghanistan, as cited by the newspaper.

Asid also took to Twitter to fire back at Trump’s outburst, saying that Pakistan would soon respond. “We will reveal the truth to the entire world. We will separate fact from fiction.”

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