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    Pakistan Summons US Envoy to Protest Trump's Tweets on Osama Bin Laden

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    The development comes on the heels of Washington's announcement that the US would cut financial support to Pakistan due to Islamabad's way of handling terrorism in the country.

    Pakistan summoned the US Chargé d'Affaires in Islamabad on Tuesday after President Donald Trump's tweets on Pakistan's role in fighting terrorism and the capture of Osama bin Laden.

    "The Foreign Secretary called in the US CdA Ambassador Paul Jones to register a strong protest on the unwarranted and unsubstantiated allegations made against Pakistan. Rejecting the insinuations about OBL [Osama bin Laden], Foreign Secretary reminded the US CdA that it was Pakistan’s intelligence cooperation that provided the initial evidence to trace the whereabouts of OBL," Pakistan's Foreign Ministry said in a statement, adding that "baseless rhetoric about Pakistan was totally unacceptable":

    The statement came shortly after Trump tweeted that Pakistan hadn't given 'anything to the US in return' for billions of dollars in aid, and suggested that Pakistani authorities knew al-Qaeda's ex-leader Osama bin Laden's whereabouts before his killing by US special forces in 2011 in a raid on his house in Pakistan.

    Earlier, Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan took to the virtual space to blast Trump's remark, saying that he needed to learn such historical facts that no Pakistanis were involved in the 9/11 terrorist attack, and that the country joined the US War on Terror, having suffered some 75,000 casualties:

    In an interview with Fox News that aired on 18 November, Donald Trump accused Pakistan of harbouring bin Laden, saying that the terrorist had lived next to the nation's prestigious military academy.

    POTUS also slammed the former special operations commander, Lt. Gen. William McRaven, for failing to capture bin Laden sooner than 2011.

    Tensions between the two countries escalated after the US announced it would be cutting Pakistan's financial support by $800 million.

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