Pakistan Extends Afghan Refugees' Stay for a Month

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The Trump administration has already withheld $255 million in military aid - part of a $1.1 billion package approved by US Congress in 2016.

Pakistan summoned the USA ambassador in a rare public rebuke after President Donald Trump lashed out at Islamabad with threats to cut aid over "lies" about militancy, an embassy spokesman said yesterday.

Trump on Monday said in a tweet that his country had "foolishly" given billions of dollars in aid to Islamabad, which in return allegedly provided safe haven to terrorists fighting in Afghanistan.

In the tweet, Trump accused Pakistan - a key US anti-terrorism ally - of taking American leaders for "fools" and providing terrorists from neighboring Afghanistan "safe haven".

"He said Pakistan had told the Trump administration that it would not do "no more" for it (the fight against terrorism)".

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Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif, replying to the President's tweet, said Pakistan would let the world know the truth.

"Pakistan has made enormous efforts and sacrifice for the fight against terrorism and has made very outstanding contribution to the global cause of counter terrorism".

Pakistani Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif dismissed Mr Trump's comments as a political stunt borne out of frustration over USA failures in Afghanistan, where Afghan Taleban militants have been gaining territory and carrying out major attacks. He later told local media that it's actually the USA that's aiding terrorists making incursions into Pakistan.

Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari in a series of tweets said "the USA was no longer interested in defeating terrorism". "Pakistan has played a double game for years", Haley told reporters at the United Nations headquarters in NY.

Trump had called for a halt to Pakistan's aid in a tweet posted on Monday citing inaction against terrorism.

A U.S. National Security Council official meanwhile confirmed that the U.S. does not plan to distribute the funds 'at this time'.

Following Trump's insulting remark, Pakistan's Prime Minister, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi called a National Security Committee, NSC, meeting.

The Afghan and USA officials have always been insisting that the leadership councils of the Taliban and the notorious Haqqani terrorist network are based in the key cities of Pakistan where from they plan and coordinate attacks in Afghanistan. He was referring to accusation by the United States and Afghanistan regarding the presence of militant bases in Pakistan.

Trump's blistering attack didn't go down well with anyone in Pakistan.

Islamabad also dismissed U.S. accusations that it harbors terrorist and is doing too little to fight extremists.

In a statement following the meeting, the NSC expressed "deep disappointment" at recent U.S. leadership comments, which it said 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".

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