Trump Is Lying About Aid to Pakistan, Foreign Minister Says

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The remarks came days after US President Donald Trump accused Pakistan of giving Washington "nothing but lies and deceit".

Pakistan civilian and military chiefs on Tuesday rejected "incomprehensible" USA comments and summoned American Ambassador David Hale to explain Trump's tweet. It accused the USA of scapegoating Pakistan for its own failure to bring peace to Afghanistan. "They have always betrayed us in hard times".

The Trump administration has chose to withhold more than a quarter-billion dollars in military aid to Pakistan over its protection of terrorists, Fox News reported Monday.

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 us aid.

Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Tuesday chaired a National Security Committee meeting of civilian and military chiefs, focusing on Trump's tweet.

Earlier Monday, President Trump, in his first tweet of 2018, said that the United States "has foolishly given Pakistan more than 33 billion dollars in aid over the last 15 years, and they have given us nothing but lies & deceit, thinking of our leaders as fools".

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

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. Islamabad had for months suspended the lines of communications in 2011 to protest US bombings of Pakistani border posts that killed 24 soldiers.

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In reponse to Trump's tweet, Khawaja Asif suggested that an audit would "let the world know who is lying and deceiving".

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 U.S. - and without them, its ability to operate in Afghanistan would be greatly diminished.

He said the war in Afghanistan can not be fought in Pakistan and "we need to find a peaceful solution to the issue".

He tweeted: "We will respond to President Trump's tweet shortly inshallah".

The Haqqani Network was held responsible for terror attacks on Embassy and Consulates General of India in Afghanistan in the past. But longtime ally China on Tuesday defended Islamabad and called on the global community to "fully acknowledge" Pakistani counterterrorism efforts.

"We can no longer be silent about Pakistan's safe havens for terrorist organisations, the Taliban and other groups that pose a threat to the region and beyond", he said in a speech.

The news agency cited two congressional aides as saying the US administration has been informing members of Congress that it will announce plans to cut off "security assistance" to Pakistan, although it was not clear how much or what type of assistance would be cut or for how long. But Trump's action, which includes a move to cancel a $255 million aid package to Pakistan, will damage its creditworthiness and deliver a major jolt to the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), political observers here said.

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