Pakistan summons U.S. envoy over Trump's tweet

He further accused Islamabad of harbouring the terrorists that the U.S. was hunting in neighbouring Afghanistan.

The U.S. has repeatedly called on Pakistan to crack down on extremists in its border regions, including militants in the Taliban-linked Haqqani network, and warned in August that it was withholding millions of dollars in military assistance.

Regarding the US President's claims of giving billions in aid to Pakistan, he said: "The claim by Trump regarding the funds, if we account for it, they include reimbursements too for the services rendered by Pakistan". "They give safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan, with little help", he said in his first tweet of 2018. NBC News could not confirm that report.

"I have openly said Pakistan took tremendous advantage of our country for many years, but we're starting to have a real relationship with Pakistan, and they're to respect us as a nation again, and so are other nations", he said at the time.

Pakistan will "let the world know the ... difference between facts and fiction", Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif tweeted, promising to respond to Trump "shortly".

As for Iran, Trump said it's time for a change.

Hitting back at the U.S., the Foreign Office warned against a "malicious campaign" being used to trivialize Pakistan's achievements in the war against terrorism, and noted that "allies do not put each other on notice". "We don't need your aid, our sacrifices should be acknowledged". "No more!" Trump posted on the micro-blogging site today.

There had been hopes in Pakistan than Coleman's successful rescue might see a turning-point in relations, with Trump calling it a "positive moment".

Saeed was recently released from house arrest after a Pakistani court cited lack of evidence against him in the 26/11 Mumbai attack case.

Earlier in October, India and the United States asked Pakistan to dismantle the terrorist infrastructure operating from its soil, asserting that terror havens inside that country would not be tolerated.

The National Security Council official said the administration would continue to review Pakistan's level of cooperation in security areas. He also hailed Trump's remark on Pakistan a victory of India's diplomatic efforts.

  • Joey Payne