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

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

Trump used his first tweet of 2018 to tear into Islamabad.

The Countrywide condemnation of US President Donald Trump's anti-Pakistan tweet doesn't seem getting alleviated soon, and now the Defence Minister Khurram Dastgir also rejected the notion of Pakistan having safe havens for terrorists.

He said that his country had "foolishly" given Pakistan $33 billion (Rs 2.10 lakh crore) in aid over the last 15 years.

Pakistani Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif and opposition leaders joined hands to come up with angry reaction to Trump's tweet and said the USA president is shifting blame of the US failure in Afghanistan to Pakistan. In July 2017, the United States had blocked $350 million (Rs 2,23,433 lakh) in aid to Pakistan for not taking enough action against the Haqqani network.

Balochistan is the largest province in Pakistan, but remains least developed.

Pakistan's Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif are to hold an emergency meeting on Tuesday over U.S. president Donald Trump's Monday tweet that said: "We've been fooled for 15 years, but no more".

Washington and Kabul have long accused Islamabad of supporting militant groups including the Taliban, believed to have links to Pakistan's shadowy military establishment who aim to use them as a regional bulwark against arch-nemesis India.

"We have already told the U.S. that we will not do more, so Trump's "no more" does not hold any importance", Asif told Geo News.

Cong MLA, cop in slap match
Gandhi is in the state to review his party's performance in the recently-held Assembly polls that the incumbent Congress lost. He met party legislators, party candidates and district presidents, to discuss what went wrong in the elections.

He said "For too long Pakistan has provided safe haven to the Taliban and many terrorist organizations, but those days are over".

However the Pakistani military launched an operation there in 2014, and now insists it has eradicated all safe havens in the country.

The remarks triggered a series of high-level diplomatic meetings in the United States and Pakistan, but Islamabad has given few signs of concessions. "No more!" he said.

"The United States does not plan to spend the Dollars 255 million in FY 2016 in Foreign Military Financing for Pakistan at this time", a senior administration official told PTI, on the condition of anonymity.

"It will only add to the acrimony that has crept into the bilateral relationship after Trump's arrival in the White House", he told AFP, describing Washington's approach as "more bullying than rational".

He made it clear that Afghanistan's war would not be fought from the soil of Pakistan.

Trump's senior administration officials met last month to decide what to do about the money.


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