Pakistan summons US envoy over comments made by Donald Trump

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Pakistan has summoned a high-ranking diplomat from the United States to lodge a strong protest against President Donald Trump’s “unwarranted and unsubstantiated” criticism of Islamabad’s role in the Washington-led “war on terror”.

Pakistan’s Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua called in the US Chargé d’Affaires   Paul Jones to the foreign office in the capital, Islamabad, on Tuesday

Conveying her government’s disappointment on the recent tweets and comments by the US president, the US envoy was told that such baseless rhetoric about Pakistan was totally unacceptable

The foreign secretary told the envoy that no other country had paid a heavier price than Pakistan in the fight against terrorism

This is coming a day after Prime Minister Imran Khan hit back at Trump for accusing Pakistan of taking money while allowing former al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden to hide in the South Asian country.

the cricketer-turned-politician added that the US has made Pakistan a “scapegoat” for its failures in Afghanistan, where the Taliban are stronger than at any point since the 2001 US-led invasion.

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