US Caused 'Bloodbath' Here, Says Pakistan in Attack on Trump Tweets

US Caused 'Bloodbath' Here, Says Pakistan in Attack on Trump Tweets

In a tweet that was posted today, the Pakistani foreign minister said that Trump should "hire a USA auditor at our expense" to show the world who was the deceitful liar. Afghan Taliban militants control a large chunk of the country, the most since the US -led invasion in 2001.

In a statement in response to Ms Haley's remarks, Ms Lodhi reminded her of Pakistan's sacrifices in the war against terrorism.

Relations with Washington have been strained for years over Islamabad's failure to deliver 9/11 mastermined Osama Bin Laden and allegedly allowing Afghan Taliban commanders to live on Pakistani soil. "On its own, withholding $255 million in assistance is not going to coerce Pakistan into taking more action against the Taliban and Haqqani Network" he said.

"Meanwhile, we are happy to see Pakistan and other countries conducting cooperation based on mutual respect, including anti-terrorist cooperation and working hand in hand to maintain regional peace and stability", he added.

The White House later said the United States has suspended its USD 255 million military aid to Pakistan, saying the fate of such assistance will depend on Islamabad's decisive action against terrorists.

Pakistan civilian and military chiefs on Tuesday rejected "incomprehensible" United States comments and summoned American Ambassador David Hale to explain Trump's tweet.

He suggested that members of the Pakistan military and ISI intelligence service who "are directly involved in the war and work against Afghanistan" could be put on a blacklist to bar them and their families from travel to the United States and to have their assets under USA control frozen.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang, asked during a regular briefing about Mr Trump's tweet, did not mention the USA but defended Pakistan's contributions in counter-terrorism, saying: "We have said many times that Pakistan has put forth great effort and made great sacrifices in combating terrorism".

"Recent statements and articulation by the American leadership were completely incomprehensible as they contradicted facts manifestly, struck with great insensitivity at the trust between two nations built over generations, and negated the decades of sacrifices made by the Pakistani nation", it said.

Some Pakistanis said United States aid was, in fact, not as significant as Washington portrays it. "The aid they [the US] have given us is nothing compared to the huge human loss to us", a local housewife, who identified herself only as Samina, said.

Asif, the Pakistani foreign minister, said Monday that his country does not need the money, Reuters reported.

He said Pakistan would respond to any actions taken by the US government against Pakistan, although he was not specific. "The US should find out the elements which are aiming at deteriorating the US-Pakistan cooperation", he said. Asif categorically rejected the US" claims that it had provided United States dollars 33 billion aid over the last 15 years to Pakistan, saying it was "hollow and imprecise'.

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