Trump tweet sparks emergency government meeting in Pakistan

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Changing the US relationship with Pakistan is a pillar of Trump's strategy for the region, announced in August.

"It has much to lose by continuing to harbor criminals and terrorists".

China came out forcefully in defence of Pakistan's anti-terrorism efforts after US President Donald Trump accused Islamabad of sheltering terrorists.

Trump tweeted Monday the United States had received "nothing but lies and deceit" in return for "foolishly" giving Pakistan more than $33 billion in aid in the last 15 years to fight terrorism.

The US, in the past week, said it was withholding payment of $255 million in military assistance to Pakistan for lack of decisive action against terrorism. In July, the Pentagon withheld $50 million in aid after Defense Secretary James Mattis told Congress he would not certify that Pakistan had done enough to fight the Haqqani network, a brutal branch of the Taliban. None of the $900 million as so far been disbursed, the Pentagon said.

In Trump's first tweet of the new year, he said Pakistan has given the U.S.

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

Describing Pakistan as an independent nuclear power, the defense minister said it was not possible for Washington to dictate terms to Islamabad by withholding aid, and warned the United States against any attempt to bring the war in Afghanistan to Pakistan's soil.

The bilateral relations have faced multiple crises over the years over USA charges Pakistan was not doing enough to curb Islamist terrorism fueling the conflict in Afghanistan and Pakistan complains Washington does not appreciate its efforts or the strains the global war on terror have placed on the country.

State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert characterized Mr. The Islamabad government held an emergency meeting and officials fired back on Twitter.

"Pakistan can not be held responsible for the collective failure in Afghanistan and that blaming allies certainly does not serve the shared objective of achieving lasting peace in Afghanistan and the region".

The haphazard nature of Thursday's announcement suggested it had been hastily arranged rather than developed through a traditional policy process.

Serafin Gomez is a White House Producer for FOX News Channel, who also covered the 2016 election as a Special Events & Politics producer and former special campaign correspondent for Fox News Latino. It was in the Pakistani town of Abbottabad where Usama bin Laden hid until U.S. Navy SEALS killed him in 2011.

"China and Pakistan are all-weather partners".

Talking to Geo News, Asif elaborated that it is not the first time [when United States has threatened to suspend the financial assistance to Pakistan].

Relations between the US and Pakistan have deteriorated rapidly since Trump took over, and the president appears not to be too concerned.

"There are considerable risks for the USA because Pakistan could retaliate in ways that would be very problematic for US regional interests", he said, such as curtailing intelligence co-operation and USA supply lines into Afghanistan.