Pakistan Meets with US Ambassador over Trump’s Comments
Pakistan called a meeting with the United States ambassador in Islamabad Tuesday.
The talks came one day after U.S. President Donald Trump CRIticized Pakistan for continuing to provide shelter for terrorists. He was speaking about militants who are fighting U.S. forces in nearby Afghanistan.
The president’s comments about Pakistan appeared on the Twitter online messaging service.
In his first tweet of 2018, Trump said the U.S. government has "foolishly" given Pakistan over 33 billion dollars in aid over the past 15 years. In return, he continued, the U.S. had gotten "nothing but lies & deceit, thinking of our leaders as fools.“
Trump added, "They (Pakistan’s government) give safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan, with little help. No more!"
U.S. officials have long accused Pakistan of failing to deal with or of secretly helping the Afghan Taliban and the Haqqani network. The two groups have carried out cross-border attacks against Afghan and U.S.-led forces.
Pakistan’s government denies claims it is sheltering Afghan militants. The government says anti-state militants are using Afghanistan for terrorist attacks against Pakistan.
On Monday, Pakistani Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif reacted to Trump’s comments. The official wrote on Twitter that his country "will let the world know the truth...difference between facts and fiction."
Rafiq Dossani is with the Rand Corporation research group.