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Pakistan needs to revisit its ties with US, Foreign Minister

Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif has said that Pakistan needs to revisit its ties with the United States.
The statement comes at a time of heightened tensions between Pakistan and the United States. It all began with a tweet by US President Donald Trump accusing Pakistan of giving nothing but lies and deceit, thinking US leaders to be fools.
“They give safe havens to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan, with little help. No more!” he said on Monday. “The US behaviour is neither that of an ally nor of a friend,” Asif said. “It is a friend who always betrays.”
He also ruled out the perception that Pakistan had been diplomatically isolated.
The minister further said that in case of any aggression by the US, Pakistan would respond in a manner that would reflect the nation’s will.
Trump tweet followed a statement by the White House on Tuesday saying that it wanted to see Pakistan do more to fight terrorism and that it would likely announce actions to pressure Islamabad within days.
Meanwhile, Islamabad reacted strongly to the allegations and summoned the US ambassador to the Foreign Office in a rare public rebuke.
On Tuesday, a high-level huddle of the Pakistani civil-military leadership expressed disappointment over the US president’s anti-Pakistan statement, however, decided not to take measures in haste in reply to US allegations.
Trump’s comments “struck with great insensitivity” and “negated the decades of sacrifices made by the Pakistani nation”, read a press statement issued after the National Security Committee (NSC) meeting in Islamabad.
It said that Pakistan cannot be blamed for failures in Afghanistan and accusing allies will not lead to the establishment of peace in the neighbouring country.