Pakistan summons USA envoy over Trump's accusation

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The tweet brought a quick and pointed rejoinder from Pakistan, which said it had done much for the United States, helping it to "decimate" Al-Qaeda, while getting only "invective & mistrust" in return.

It "has nothing to do with vote on Jerusalem".

On Monday, US President Donald Trump posted a tweet saying that the US "foolishly" gave aid to Pakistan over the course of 15 years but the country remained deceitful by providing safe havens to terrorists from Afghanistan.

The uneasy relationship between the United States and Pakistan has been on a downward spiral since the 2011 US operation that located and killed Osama bin Laden in the military garrison town of Abbottabad.

'He has tweeted against us (Pakistan) and Iran for his domestic consumption, ' Asif told Geo TV on Monday. The payment has been on hold since August, out of the Trump administration's insistence that Pakistan do more to crack down on extremists who threaten Afghanistan.

"For the Pakistanis, it is actually quite demeaning to know that the President of the United States tweeted something that is quite contrary to what is actually happening", Muhammad Anas Khan, a law student from Islamabad told the Ruptly video agency.

It informed Congress then that it would freeze the payment until Pakistan cracked down more heavily on terrorism. Pakistani leaders issue boilerplate denials that they provide militants safe haven, yet continue the tacit support.

Pakistani Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif dismissed Mr Trump's comments as a political stunt borne out of frustration over USA failures in Afghanistan, where Afghan Taleban militants have been gaining territory and carrying out major attacks.

Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Tuesday chaired a National Security Committee meeting of civilian and military chiefs, focusing on Trump's tweet.

Ayaz Sadiq, speaker of the lower house of parliament, told reporters after a closed-door meeting of the parliament's national security committee that they discussed the situation following Trump's tweet and that a follow-up meeting will decide on the "strategy".

"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.

The calls to Capitol Hill came a day after Washington accused Pakistan of playing a "double game" on fighting terrorism and warned Islamabad it would have to do more if it wanted to maintain US aid.

Imran stressed that the USA president was not aware of the realities in Afghanistan and the sacrifices rendered by Pakistan. "That game is not acceptable to this administration". Assistance to Pakistan has always been framed as incentive for Pakistan to do more in the fight on terror.

The US president regretted US approving aid packages to Pakistan when all Pakistan did for the last 15 years was to fool the leaders. "No more!", tweeted Trump, on January 1, 2018.

The statement further added that during visits by USA officials, it was chose to move forward with mutual trust and cooperation, which would also lead to stability in Afghanistan.

'To that end, tomorrow night we are having a reception for the countries who chose not to oppose the USA position.

To a question, the minister said he would share details of total aid given by U.S. tomorrow.

Pakistan's ambassador to the United States, Aizaz Chaudhry, arrived in Pakistan to attend the NSC meeting.

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