President Donald Trump threatened to end USA foreign aid for Pakistan Monday in his first tweet of 2018 - a move that comes amid strained ties over America's decade-long war in Afghanistan. 'They give safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan, with little help.
Pakistan Prime Minister Shahif Khaqan Abbasi is due to host a cabinet meeting that would focus on Trump's accusations on Tuesday, while country's top security officials would consider U.S. ties on the next day.
To back the ambassador, the Foreign Minister of Pakistan, Khawaja Asif came to her aid when he tweeted "He can hire a USA based Audit firm on our expense to verify this figure and let the world know who is lying & deceiving [sic]".
"We have already told the U.S. that we will not do more, so Trump's "no more" does not hold any importance", added Asif.
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But Pakistan's defense minister responded on Twitter by saying the USA has "given us nothing but invective & mistrust".
Mr Trump's harsh words drew praise from Pakistan's old foe, India, and neighbouring Afghanistan, but long-time ally China defended Pakistan's record of combating terrorism.
Earlier in the day, USA ambassador in Pakistan - David Hale - was summoned by Pakistan's Foreign Office in what is being seen as a rare public rebuke from Islamabad. The report comes after President Trump warned the country earlier this week over its failure to take a tougher stance against terrorism.
For decades, various USA administrations have wrestled with whether to continue to work with Pakistani leaders who have pursued horrifying human rights abuses and done little to curb terrorist activity.
According to worldwide media, this was confirmed by an official of US National Security Council on the same day Trump lashed out at Pakistan. He slammed Pakistan for only providing lies and deceit in reaction.
"The U.S. president's remarks about $33 billion in aid reflect his immaturity and narrow-mindedness; the entire nation should demonstrate that we stand united to foil any designs against Pakistan", he said.