Following Trump tweet, U.S. to withhold $255 million in aid from Pakistan

You carried out 57,800 attacks on Afghanistan from our bases’ Pakistan foreign minister tells US

You carried out 57,800 attacks on Afghanistan from our bases’ Pakistan foreign minister tells US

The Trump administration has made a decision to withhold millions in military aid to Pakistan as the president accuses the Muslim-majority nation of harboring terrorists and telling "lies" to the United States. The foreign ministry Monday night summoned the U.S. Ambassador to protest and seek an explanation.

The White House said it would likely announce actions to pressure Pakistan within days, shortly after U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley said at the United Nations that Washington would withhold $255 million in assistance to Pakistan.

The comments followed an angry tweet from President Donald Trump on Monday that the United States had been rewarded with "nothing but lies and deceit" for "foolishly" giving Pakistan more than $33 billion in aid in the last 15 years. "They overlook cross-border safe havens of terrorists who murder Pakistanis", Pakistan's Ministry of Defense tweeted.

Pakistan has cooperated with the US for decades on regional security issues, but Trump is correct that the country does not always follow instructions from the USA when it comes to foreign policy, especially if its own national security is at stake, an expert said.

Meanwhile, the Pakistani newspaper Express Tribune reported today - citing sources - that Islamabad "will completely revise its relations policy" with the U.S., if "if the USA reduces or suspends aid to Pakistan or places any sanctions".

Thousands of US and coalition forces in Afghanistan still rely mostly on ground and air routes through neighboring Pakistan for receiving vital supplies.

As part of the "fight-to-win" strategy Trump called on Islamabad to cut support for militants who find a haven along the Afghan border and warned Pakistan would have "much to lose" if it did not comply. Islamabad had for months suspended the lines of communications in 2011 to protest USA bombings of Pakistani border posts that killed 24 soldiers.

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Shah, the opposition leader, indicated that "Pakistan had paid a heavy price for allying itself with the USA since 1979". Asif insisted that Trump "can hire a USA based Audit firm on our expense to verify this figure & let the world know who is lying & deceiving".

"America's stance is clear and it will deteriorate relations further, the U.S. is shifting blame of its failures in Afghanistan on Pakistan", Zahid Husain, an analyst based in Islamabad, said.

Afghanistan and rival India praised Trump for blaming Pakistan.

On Tuesday, she had said the administration would in the "next 24 to 48 hours" present Pakistan with a list of "specific actions" it needed to take on combating terrorism to keep the aid flowing.

Islamabad denies allegations it is harboring Afghan insurgents and instead complains anti-state militants are using the neighboring country for terrorist attacks against Pakistan. But longtime ally China on Tuesday defended Islamabad and called on the worldwide community to "fully acknowledge" Pakistani counterterrorism efforts.

The Trump administration will continue to "review Pakistan's level of cooperation", the official said.

China is investing billions of dollars to help build a network of power plants, rail, road, and communications in Pakistan.

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