US targets Pakistan again, tells it to step up fight against terrorism

Donald Trump attacks Pakistan claiming 'they have given us nothing but lies and deceit' in return for $33bn aid

Donald Trump: Pakistan summons US Ambassador after US President's angry tweet

On Tuesday, Islamabad also summoned the US Ambassador David Hale, with details of that meeting not yet released. Asif categorically rejected the US" claims that it had provided United States dollars 33 billion aid over the last 15 years to Pakistan, saying it was "hollow and imprecise'.

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

Mr Trump used his first tweet of 2018 to tear into Islamabad.

"Pakistan has played a double game for years".

He said the world leaders now have an understanding regarding the roots of the Afghan conflict and insisted that this will help the Afghan government to engage on government to government level with Pakistan for peace process.

51% of the users felt that Trump's threat should be taken seriously while 40% said No and the rest were undecided.

The United States accused Pakistan on Tuesday of playing a "double game" on fighting terrorism and warned Islamabad it would have to do more if it wanted to maintain USA aid.

In August, the administration had said it was delaying the payment.

Pakistan has summoned the United States envoy here to register its protest after President Donald Trump strongly rebuked the country for its "lies and deceit" accusing it of sheltering terrorists while receiving billions of dollars in aid.

Withholding $255 million, however, may not be enough he noted, and "President Trump may have to go farther than cutting off aid to get to that point".

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And Defense Minister Khurram Dastgir Khan tweeted that Pakistan "as anti-terror ally has given free to U.S.: land & air communication, military bases & intel cooperation that decimated Al-Qaeda over last 16yrs, but they have given us nothing but invective & mistrust".

Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari in a series of tweets said "the U.S. was no longer interested in defeating terrorism". If Trump offers aid to the Pakistanis, they would "throw his aid in his face".

"Still, this is an administration that has repeatedly vowed to take a harder line and has strongly considered an aid cut".

The White House has said Trump will come forward with his long-awaited infrastructure plan in January. "I'd certainly bet on the possibility", Kugelman said. Pakistani leaders issue boilerplate denials that they provide militants safe haven, yet continue the tacit support. "President Trump has put Pakistan on notice". In fact, he said that Trump could hire a USA auditor to come to Pakistan and calculate just how much had been given in aid over the past decade and a half.

Haqqani and Afghan Taliban militants launch ambushes and bombings on USA -allied forces in Afghanistan, then slip back over the border into the badlands of northwest Pakistan, insulated from retaliation by American and Afghan forces. "Let's make this happen", he said.

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