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Pakistan Rejects Trump's Criticism, Says It Can't Be Blamed for 'Collective Failure'

07 January 2018

The remarks came days after US President Donald Trump accused Pakistan of giving Washington "nothing but lies and deceit". The foreign ministry Monday night summoned the U.S. Ambassador to protest and seek an explanation.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse Democrat slams Donald Trump Jr. for "serious case of amnesia" after testimony Skier Lindsey Vonn: I don't want to represent Trump at Olympics Poll: 4 in 10 Republicans think senior Trump advisers had improper dealings with Russia MORE's New Year's Day tweet blasting Pakistan prompted the country's National Security Council to hold an emergency meeting on Tuesday, according to CNN.

"Pakistan has made enormous efforts and sacrifice for the fight against terrorism and has made very outstanding contribution to the global cause of counter-terrorism. They overlook cross-border safe havens of terrorists who murder Pakistanis", Pakistan's Ministry of Defense tweeted.

The Trump administration has made a decision to withhold more than a quarter-billion dollars in military aid to Pakistan over its protection of terrorists, Fox News reported Monday.

President Donald Trump is lying when he says that the US gives tens of billions of dollars to Pakistan yet gets little in return, the country's foreign minister said on Tuesday.

Thousands of US and coalition forces in Afghanistan still rely mostly on ground and air routes through neighboring Pakistan for receiving vital supplies. They overlook cross-border safe havens of terrorists who murder Pakistanis. Islamabad had for months suspended the lines of communications in 2011 to protest USA bombings of Pakistani border posts that killed 24 soldiers.

Pakistan's Defense Minister Khawaja Asif said the country would respond to Trump soon. The last Coalition Support Funds were paid to Pakistan in March past year, provided under defence spending legislation for 2016. Asif insisted that Trump "can hire a United States based Audit firm on our expense to verify this figure & let the world know who is lying & deceiving".

"Pakistan can not be held responsible for the collective failure in Afghanistan and that blaming allies certainly does not serve the shared objective of achieving lasting peace in Afghanistan and the region".

"Trump is not the first president to be frustrated by Pakistan".

For years, the United States has had frustrations with Pakistan, a nuclear nation that has been rocked by terrorist attacks and whose ISI intelligence agency is viewed suspiciously.

On Tuesday, she had said the administration would in the "next 24 to 48 hours" present Pakistan with a list of "specific actions" it needed to take on combating terrorism to keep the aid flowing. But Trump's action, which includes a move to cancel a $255 million aid package to Pakistan, will damage its creditworthiness and deliver a major jolt to the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), political observers here said. But longtime ally China on Tuesday defended Islamabad and called on the worldwide community to "fully acknowledge" Pakistani counterterrorism efforts.

Meanwhile, data from another agency, USAID, shows that US agencies gave around $16 billion to Pakistan between 2001 and 2017.

Pakistan Rejects Trump's Criticism, Says It Can't Be Blamed for 'Collective Failure'