Pakistan’s government on Tuesday conducted a National Security Meeting (NSC) following President Trump’s recent tweet criticizing the Asian nation, according to CNN.
CNN on Tuesday reported Pakistan’s Defense, Foreign and Interior Ministers attended the huddle, as did the chiefs of staff for the country’s air force, army and navy.
Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi chaired Monday’s meeting of the NSC, which expressed “deep disappointment” at recent comments from U.S. leadership afterwards.
“[They are] 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,” the statement said.
“[Pakistan’s counter-terrorism campaign has] served as a bulwark against the possible expansion of scores of terrorist organizations currently present in Afghanistan – a fact acknowledged by U.S. authorities at the highest levels,” it added.
“Even more importantly the huge sacrifices made by Pakistan, including the loss of tens of thousands of lives of Pakistani civilians and security personnel, and the pain of their families, could be not be trivialized so heartlessly by pushing all of it behind a monetary value – and that too an imagined one.”
A U.S. Embassy spokesman on Tuesday confirmed that David Hale, the American ambassador to Pakistan, had been summoned to meet with senior officials at the Pakistani Foreign Ministry.
Trump criticized Pakistan’s “lies & deceit” in his first tweet of 2018, a post which also blasted U.S. foreign aid to the country.
“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,” he said.
“They give safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan, with little help,” Trump added. “No more!”
The White House on Monday announced that the U.S. would withhold $225 million in aid to Pakistan due to the nation’s handling of terror networks.
U.S. officials have long alleged that Pakistan allows terror networks to operate within its borders.