Looming face-off

Print edition : February 16, 2018

Activists of the Difa-e-Pakistan Council protesting against the U.S. in Karachi on January 2. Photo: ASIF HASSAN/AFP

Donald Trump. Photo: Carolyn Kaster/AP

Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi addressing a National Security Council meeting in Islamabad. The Pakistan government summoned the U.S. Ambassador in a rare public rebuke after U.S. President Donald Trump lashed out at Islamabad with threats to cut aid over "lies" about combating terrorism. Photo: AFP/Handout

A house gutted at Jora village 35 km from Ranbir Singh Pura in Jammu district, on January 21, following firing from across the Pakistan side of the border. Photo: Channi Anand/AP

Jamat-ud-Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed addressing an anti-United States rally in Lahore on December 17, 2017. Photo: K.M. Chaudary/AP

A diplomatic confrontation is on the cards with the Trump administration resorting to punitive measures against Pakistan for failing to curb terrorist activities and a shocked Islamabad coming out with a measured and calibrated response.
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