In Karachi, the Difa-e-Pakistan Council (DPC) - a religious part conglomerate of 40 religious parties and sectarian groups - burnt a US flag and picture of Mr. Trump.
On Friday, Pakistan criticized what it called "shifting goalposts" and said the US suspension of aid was counter-productive. Their website reported his tweet and added: "The US has long accused Istanbul of allowing militants to operate relatively freely in Pakistan's border regions to carry out operations in neighbouring Afghanistan".
It is also worth noting that Trump's tweet only reinforced what the "New York Times" reported on December 29, that the Trump administration was going to withhold - wait for it - $255 million in Foreign Military Financing (FMF).
The key element in the new USA strategy for Afghanistan is to launch a two-pronged military offensive that inflicts a military defeat on the Taliban and forces them to join the Afghan reconciliation process on Kabul's conditions, diplomatic sources told Dawn News. "But one tweet from Trump managed to achieve what months of intense pressure and lobbying from Beijing could not", the SCMP article observed. It's unclear exactly how much money is being suspended total.
The decision, which was announced Thursday, is meant to pressure Pakistan to help USA foreign policy priorities like clamping down on the Taliban in Afghanistan.
Similarly, the Afghan ambassador to the United States, Hamdullah Mohib, and former Afghan President Hamid Karzai both welcomed the tweet.
A senior USA official has said Washington could freeze up to $2 billion in aid to Pakistan as the Department of State on Thursday announced that the security assistance to the country has been suspended until Islamabad takes decisive actions against the terror groups.
"The timing and nature of the Trump administration's decision are worrisome". Tillerson gave directions at the time of its expiry to keep $255 million separately and "withhold placing any of those funds on actual contacts". "They don't even want to negotiate a long overdue peace treaty with Israel", he tweeted Tuesday.
"We are still working with Pakistan and we would restore the aid if we see decisive movements against the terrorists who are as much of a threat against Pakistan as they are against us", said Defense Secretary Jim Mattis. The step does not carry any serious consequences, although it could lead to sanctions if Pakistan is further relegated to a USA list of "countries of particular concern".
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At the same time, Yusufzai recalled that so far, Pakistani officials have dismissed the significance of the estimated $900 million in aid that's at stake.
"You can eliminate some, but the thing is, the Pakistanis already believe the US has a very short attention span", he said.
Asked whether there was any truth in Washington's claims that Islamabad hasn't done enough to fight terror, Yusufzai said that the dispute is really about Pakistan's lack of urgency in fighting the militants, not their lack of assistance as such.
When asked about Trump's criticism, China responded by coming to Pakistan's defence, praising its counter-terrorism efforts: "Pakistan has made. outstanding contribution to the global cause of counter terrorism".
But Carafano at Heritage said the actions were "not knee-jerk". Rather, he said, Trump has warned Pakistan since August of ramifications of failing to take sufficient actions against terrorists, while his response to the Iran protests was an extension of previous criticisms of the government.
"It's going to take years for all of this to play out", said Mattis.
"The overarching theme is he's just picking up where he left off".