Pakistan summons diplomat over Trump's allegation country harbored bin Laden

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Trump's comment comes as he finds himself under fire for attacking retired Adm. Bill McRaven, who successfully led the effort to take down bin Laden.

Mr Trump was responding to criticism from William McRaven, a retired admiral who oversaw the mission in 2011 to kill Bin Laden, that he had "embarrassed us in the eyes of our children, humiliated us on the world stage and, worst of all, divided us as a nation".

"Frankly, wouldn't it have been nice if we got Osama bin Laden a lot sooner than that?", Trump said in a "Fox News Sunday" interview.

Rejecting the insinuations about Osama bin Laden made by Trump, Janjua reminded Jones that it was Pakistan's intelligence cooperation that provided the initial evidence to trace the whereabouts of bin Laden.

In a series of statements on Twitter on Monday, Khan listed ways in which Pakistan assisted the USA and was impacted by the war, saying the "record needs to be put straight on Mr Trump's tirade against Pakistan". "Such baseless rhetoric...was totally unacceptable", the ministry further said.

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"Trump's tirade against Pakistan and his claim that that Pakistan does not do "a damn thing" for the U.S. should be a lesson for those Pakistan leaders who kept appeasing the USA especially after 9/11!"

Khan reacted sharply, recalling the Pakistani lives lost during the "war on terror", before appearing to suggest the U.S. should look closer to home for responsibility for the continued strength of the Taliban in Afghanistan.

Although Pakistan and the United States have fraught relationship, this was one of the fiercest exchange of words between the two countries in years.

Mr Trump said bin Laden had been living in "a nice mansion" in Pakistan next to a military academy and "everybody in Pakistan knew he was there". He says the USA has only provided a "miniscule" $20 billion in aid.

On Monday, Trump tweeted about bin Laden: "I pointed him out in my book just BEFORE the attack on the World Trade Center".

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As the latest round of U.S. -Taliban talks in Qatar failed to bring any breakthroughs, a new U.S. assessment said on Monday that military and political signs point toward continued stalemate in Afghanistan.

"We paid Pakistan Billions of Dollars & they never told us he was living there", he added.

Khan said Pakistan's tribal areas along the border have been devastated by years of war, with millions uprooted from their homes.

A recent study by Brown University estimated that more than 23,000 Pakistani civilians and almost 9,000 security forces have been killed in the War on Terror since the 9/11 attacks in September 2001.

The US President tweeted: "And we give Pakistan $1.3 billion a year". "Pakistan suffered 75,000 casualties in this war & over $123 bn was lost to economy".

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Khan also pointed out that Pakistan continued to provide its roads and air space for re-supplying more than 10,000 U.S. troops now based in Afghanistan. "Now we will do what is best for our people and our interests", he said.

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