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Protesters condemn Trump as Pakistan summons US envoy over tweet

13 January 2018

On Iran, Haley expressed support for those in Iran protesting against the government and said that she wanted to amplify their voices.

In August, the United States said it would hold up $255 million in military assistance for Pakistan until it cracks down on extremists threatening Afghanistan.

Her comments follow a series of tweets from President Donald Trump on Monday, in which he accused the country of taking USA aid while providing "safe haven" to terrorists.

"There are clear reasons for this".

President Trump's New Year's Day lambasting of Pakistan on Twitter has drawn an angry response on the streets and an official summoning of the US ambassador in Islamabad to demand an explanation.

"They give safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan, with little help". That game is not acceptable to this administration, ' she said.

"The United States has arrived at what the Afghans have been saying for a long time - which is that Pakistan's policy toward Afghanistan, terrorism, and the fight against terrorism is not genuine". "No more!" Trump wrote on Twitter.

A spokesperson for the U.S. Embassy confirmed to Reuters that Ambassador David Hale met with the Pakistani foreign office.

The Indian-American diplomat said the aid issue was connected exclusively to Pakistan's harbouring of terrorists.

Trump's remarks came days after the New York Times reported that the U.S. is considering withholding United States dollars 225 million in aid to Pakistan, reflecting its dissatisfaction with Islamabad's reluctance in the war against terrorism.

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Ms Lodhi said that "the United States spokespersons should not shift the blame for their own mistakes and failures onto others".

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders added that the USA would lay out specific actions against Pakistan in the next 24 to 48 hours.

Referring to US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley's comments a day earlier where she had accused Pakistan of playing a "double game" with the US, Lodhi cautioned against "shifting the blame for [the US'] own mistakes and failures onto others".

Pakistan warned the U.S. that the statements from Washington are "detrimental" to bilateral relations that have developed over generations.

It said there had been close interaction with the U.S. following Trump's initial policy statements regarding South Asia, and that recent visits to Pakistan by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Defense Secretary James Mattis were "robust and forward-looking".

According to reports, the NSC meeting was expected to be briefed by the Foreign Ministry on Pakistan's diplomatic efforts while the Director General Military Operations will detail the efforts taken in the fight against terrorism.

"This puts the relationship on a collision course".

Earlier on December 30 too, a report emerged that the United States was considering to withhold a Dollars 255-million aid to Islamabad due to Pakistan's inability to destroy terror safe havens.

"There is realignment in worldwide politics and Pakistan is drifting towards Eurasian alliances, like China and Russian Federation and that is not acceptable to the Americans".

Protesters condemn Trump as Pakistan summons US envoy over tweet