Trump accuses Pak of 'lies & deceit'; USA blocks $255 mn aid

Trump accuses Pak of 'lies & deceit'; USA blocks $255 mn aid

The financial aid is set to be held back as Trump blames Pakistan for lying on its efforts to curb terrorism. He tweeted, "We will respond to President Trump's tweet shortly inshallah.Will let the world know the truth.difference between facts & fiction".

The Pakistan Foreign Office summoned Ambassador David Hale last night as Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua sought an explanation from him over Trump's remarks. After India, now the U.S. has also come to know that Pakistan is the root of terrorism across the world.

Trump's heated criticism of Iran on Monday was the latest attack in a war of words between the president and Iranian leadership.

"Pakistan is ready to publicly provide every detail of the U.S. aid that it has received over the last 15 years", the minister said. "No more!" Trump posted on the micro-blogging site yesterday.

Ayaz Sadiq, speaker of Pakistan's lower House of Parliament, told reporters this week a strategy is being discussed in the Parliament's national security committee following Trump's tweet.

In an apparent reference to the $33 billion in aid that Trump says the US has "foolishly" given Pakistan over the past 15 years, he signed off his tweet: "No more!".

WATCH: Haley says US will continue to withhold $255 million in aid to Pakistan

In response, Pakistan's Lodhi warned against "shifting the blame for [America's] own mistakes and failures onto others". "Pakistan has played a double game for years".

Pakistan's economy is already kneeling and they have shifted their focus from the USA to China who has protected them from mass embarrassment on the world front.

Last August, he unveiled the United States strategy for Afghanistan and South Asia, which slammed Pakistan for "sheltering terrorists" and threatened to reduce aid to the country if it continues to "harbor criminals and terrorists." .

Relations between Islamabad and Washington have been strained for years over Islamabad's alleged support for Haqqani network militants, who are allied with the Afghan Taliban.

The United States in also toying with the idea of withholding $255 million in aid that it had delayed providing to Islamabad in August, last year, as reported by The New York Times.

Michael Kugelman, senior associate for South Asia at the Woodrow Wilson Center, cautioned that people should not "overstate the significance of Trump's tweet for policy".

S. Korea's leader credits Trump for talks with North
He voiced cautious hopes for diplomatic success that would benefit not just the United States but the wider world. The two leaders have stressed "the importance of continuing the maximum pressure campaign against North Korea".

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