Trump slams Pakistan for 'lies & deceit' in New Year's tweet

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A spokesperson for the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad confirmed the meeting took place.

The minister reiterated that Pakistan is capable to defend its soil, and also said that we will not allow Afghan war to be fought on Pakistan's soil. The raid on Osama bin Laden's compound in 2011 was just one example of high-value targets living in Pakistan in close proximity to Pakistan Intelligence Services (IS), who have somehow been able to address threats to Pakistan but claim ignorance or turn away when confronted by the United States about groups like the Taliban, Haqqani network or al Qaeda, who launch attacks against the USA in Afghanistan and elsewhere.

Washington has signalled to Pakistan that it will cut aid and enact other punitive measures if Islamabad does not stop helping or turning a blind eye to the Haqqani network militants who carry out cross-border attacks in Afghanistan.

Pakistan's Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif are to hold an emergency meeting on Tuesday over the Trump Tweets.

"You've heard the public statements from President Trump, from (Defense Secretary James) Mattis, from (Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Gen. Joseph Dunford) from (Secretary of State Rex) Tillerson, so we are engaging at the very highest levels with the Pakistanis to work together with them against these terrorists that are undermining the stability of the entire region", Nicholson added. "We are ready to give all account for every single penny to America in public". The real question is what will president Trump do now.

Trump said Pakistan is "starting to respect the United States again".

China said the world community should acknowledge its all-weather ally's "outstanding contribution" to counter terrorism.

"The worldwide community should fully recognise this".

China's move to defend Islamabad is an important move as Beijing is now investing heavily in Pakistan as part of the United States dollars 50 billion China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) over which India has raised objections as it passes through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.

The Trump administration had announced in August that it was witholding the money "until Pakistan did more to crack down on internal terrorist groups", and senior administration officials reportedly met in December to make a decision about what to do with the aid.

Michael Kugelman, deputy director of the Wilson Center's South Asia program, said withholding aid to Pakistan is unlikely to deter Pakistani support for insurgents it sees as necessary to protect its security interests.

Afghan authorities on Tuesday praised USA president Donald Trump for adopting a more harsh policy towards Pakistan over its controversial role in the fight against terrorism.



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