Pakistan on Monday summoned United States ambassador David Hale to lodge protest over President Donald Trump’s tirade against the country, media reports said.
Quoting sources, Geo TV reported that the Foreign Office (FO) summoned Hale to record protest against Trump’s scathing remarks that Pakistan has given US nothing except for “lies and deceit” in return for billion of dollars of aid.
Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has also summoned a meeting of the National Security Committee, Geo quoted sources as saying, adding the Pakistani premier wants to take leaders of the opposition parties into confidence on the issue.
In a tweet on Monday, the US president claimed that the United States had foolishly given Pakistan over $33 billion in aid over the last 15 years.
In his tweet, Trump accused Pakistan of thinking US leaders to be fools. “They give safe havens to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan, with little help. No more!”
Foreign minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif responded to President Donald Trump’s tirade against Pakistan saying that Pakistan would “soon” show the world the “difference between facts and fiction”.
“We will respond to President Trump’s tweet shortly inshallah,” Asif tweeted minutes after Trump accused Pakistan of being deceitful. “We’ll let the world know the truth… the difference between facts and fiction,” he added.
Asif said that Pakistan has already refused to ‘do more’ for the United States.
“We have already told the US that we will not do more, so Trump’s ‘no more’ does not hold any importance,” Asif said in an interview with Geo.
“Pakistan is ready to publicly provide every detail of the US aid that it has received,” Asif said
A foreign office spokesman said that the ministry will soon respond to President Trump’s accusation that Islamabad was giving Washington “nothing but lies and deceit” despite receiving billions of dollars American aid.
Trump said that Washington had foolishly given Pakistan more than $33 billion in aid over the last 15 years, but Pakistan had given “safe haven to terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan, with little help”.