The White House warning came after the US ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, told reporters in NY that "there are clear reasons" for the Trump administration to withhold $255 million in assistance to Pakistan. "They overlook cross-border safe havens of terrorists who murder Pakistanis", Pakistan's Ministry of Defense tweeted. "No more!" the president tweeted. On Tuesday, Pakistan officials summoned us ambassador David Hale to explain the USA position on Trump's tweet, a rare diplomatic move.
President TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse Democrat slams Donald Trump Jr. for "serious case of amnesia" after testimony Skier Lindsey Vonn: I don't want to represent Trump at Olympics Poll: 4 in 10 Republicans think senior Trump advisers had improper dealings with Russia MORE's New Year's Day tweet blasting Pakistan prompted the country's National Security Council to hold an emergency meeting on Tuesday, according to CNN.
The Foreign Minister went on to say that the Trump stance disregards the many sacrifices Pakistan has made in the war against terrorism. "If the funds that Pakistan receives from the USA are cut off, this can exert direct pressure on Pakistan and we welcome this effort". Analysts still rule out a complete breakdown in relations between Islamabad and Washington.
As part of the "fight-to-win" strategy Trump called on Islamabad to cut support for militants who find a haven along the Afghan border and warned Pakistan would have "much to lose" if it did not comply.
US officials have long accused Pakistan of allowing terror networks to operate within the country's borders.
The routes were restored only after Washington issued apologies for mistakenly hitting the Pakistani posts.
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.
"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".
US withholds $255 million in aid to Pakistan over ties to terrorism and promises it 'won't forget' United Nations betrayal
Last month, Russian Consul General in Karachi Dr Aleksandr Khozin had said Pakistan and Russian relations were getting stronger and both the countries shared views on peace in the region.
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Pakistan has received over $33 billion in overt aid - a mix of economic and security-related assistance from the United States since 2002, when America invaded Afghanistan to get rid of the Taliban regime sheltering al Qaeda, the outfit responsible for the September 11 terrorist attacks.
US assistance to Pakistan, which rose sharply after the 9/11 attacks, has been declining since 2011 when American commandos killed Osama bin Laden inside Pakistan, straining relations.
Afghanistan and rival India praised Trump for blaming Pakistan. "The global community should acknowledge that", Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told reporters here on Tuesday.
"We have contributed and sacrificed the most in fighting worldwide terrorism and carried out the largest counterterrorism operation anywhere in the world" in Pakistan's tribal regions, Lodhi said.
On Wednesday, Pakistan's Ambassador to the United Nations Maleeha Lodhi offered to "review [our] cooperation [with the United States] if it is not appreciated".
China is investing billions of dollars to help build a network of power plants, rail, road, and communications in Pakistan.