Pakistan summons meeting over Trump tweet

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MNA International Desk: The Pakistan civil and military leadership is to hold an emergency meeting on Tuesday over US President Donald Trump’s tweet that accused Islamabad of “lies and deceit”.

Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi will chair the huddle to discuss the future course of action, the media wing of the PM’s Office said.

The meeting will be attended by Foreign Minister, Interior Minister, Minister for Defence, services chiefs besides, senior civil and military officers.

Trump on Monday accused Pakistan of giving safe heaven to the militants that US hunts in Afghanistan, saying: “The US has foolishly given Pakistan more than $33 billion in aid over the last 15 years and they have given us nothing but lies and deceit.

“They give safe havens to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan, with little help. No more!”

After the tweet, Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif said: “We will respond to President Trump’s tweet shortly… Will let the world know the truth… Difference between facts and fiction.”

This comes after the US administration was considering whether to withhold $255 million in aid to Pakistan as it feels Islamabad was not doing enough to counter terrorism.

Trump’s senior administration officials met last month to decide what to do about the money. American officials said a final decision could be made in the coming weeks.

The latest move comes after the US has been denied access to a member of the Taliban-linked Haqqani network who is in Pakistan’s custody, reported news agency.