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Pakistan convenes emergency meet after Trump announces end of US aide

In a scathing attack, Trump accused Pakistan of giving nothing to the US but “lies and deceit” in return for USD 33 billion aid and said Islamabad has provided “safe haven” to terrorists.

Edited by: India TV News Desk, New Delhi [ Updated: January 01, 2018 20:03 IST ]
File photo of Pakistan's Minister of Foreign Affairs
File photo of Pakistan's Minister of Foreign Affairs Khawaja Asif

Pakistan’s top brass has convened an emergency meeting after the United States President Donald Trump announced the country is going to stop any future aide. 

According to reports, Pakistan's Minister of Foreign Affairs Khawaja Asif met Pakistan PM Shahid Abbasi for an emergency meeting at latter’s residence. 

“The meeting held a detailed review of the Trump’s statement,” the Geo TV reported, citing its sources.  It said the two leaders also discussed on the country’s foreign policy.

“We will respond to President Trump’s tweet shortly inshallah...Will let the world know the truth..difference between facts & fiction..,” Asif tweeted. 

In a scathing attack, Trump accused Pakistan of giving nothing to the US but “lies and deceit” in return for USD 33 billion aid and said Islamabad has provided “safe haven” to terrorists.

“The United States 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,” Trump said in a strongly worded tweet.  “They give safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan, with little help. No more!” Trump said in his first tweet of the year.

This is the strongest attack that has come from the US president. His remarks came days after the New York Times reported that the US is considering withholding USD 225 million in aid to Pakistan reflecting its dissatisfaction with the latter’s reluctance in the war against terrorism.

(With inputs from agencies)

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