'Nothing but lies and deceit': Trump launches Twitter attack on Pakistan

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Earlier on January 2, Pakistan summoned U.S. Ambassador David Hale in response to Trump's January 1 Twitter message and accused the United States of "mistrust".

Pakistan is firmly supporting and facilitating the US -led global efforts in Afghanistan through "vital lines of communications" for smooth counterterrorism operations in the neighboring country, according to the statement. "They overlook cross-border safe havens of terrorists who murder Pakistanis", Pakistan's Ministry of Defense tweeted.

The United States accused Pakistan on Tuesday of playing a "double game" on fighting terrorism and warned Islamabad it would have to do more if it wanted to maintain USA aid.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse Democrat slams Donald Trump Jr. for "serious case of amnesia" after testimony Skier Lindsey Vonn: I don't want to represent Trump at Olympics Poll: 4 in 10 Republicans think senior Trump advisers had improper dealings with Russia MORE's New Year's Day tweet blasting Pakistan prompted the country's National Security Council to hold an emergency meeting on Tuesday, according to CNN.

"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. "If the funds that Pakistan receives from the USA are cut off, this can exert direct pressure on Pakistan and we welcome this effort".

But a sizable portion of the payments under CSF are tied to Pakistan's actions against terrorism - specifically the Haqqani Network, an Afghan Taliban affiliate - that must be certified by the administration for congress to clear the bill. Last week, Pakistan's military warned the USA against taking unilateral action against armed groups within its borders, fueling more concerns that Trump's approach is only stoking tensions with a country that is generally a useful ally.

Speaking earlier with BBC Urdu, Khan said Washington ought to "prefer" cooperation over confrontation, noting that half of Pakistan's airspace and land routes were still open to the USA - and without them, its ability to operate in Afghanistan would be greatly diminished.

Activists burn the American flag at a protest in Karachi on Tuesday
Pakistan summons US ambassador after Trump's Twitter attack

The statement said "blaming allies certainly does not serve the shared objective of achieving lasting peace in Afghanistan and the region".

"Pres Trump quoted figure of $33billion given to PAK over last 15yrs, he can hire a U.S. based Audit firm on our expense to verify this figure & let the world know who is lying & deceiving.", Asif tweeted.

Washington has long accused Pakistan, especially its security institutions, of turning ignoring or covertly helping the Afghan Taliban and the Haqqani terrorist network to stage cross-border attacks against Afghan and USA -led forces.

The official added the administration would continue to "review Pakistan's level of cooperation", Fox News reported.

In an op-ed in National Interest magazine, he recommended taking a series of steps against Pakistan to end its double game including slapping sanctions against ISI and individuals who are involved in supporting insurgents and terrorists; and undertake unilateral strikes inside Pakistani territory.

The JeM and LeT carried out several attacks in India. Pakistan has increasingly turned for economic support to northern neighbour China, which is investing tens of billions in transportation links and power generation as it extends its strategic footprint across Asia.

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