ISLAMABAD -  Strong reaction poured on social media after US President Donald Trump, in his first tweet of the new year bashed Pakistan, saying the country had given the US nothing but "lies and deceit."

Trump’s tweet, “The United States has foolishly given Pakistan more than 33 billion dollars in aid over the last 15 years, and they have given us nothing but lies and deceit, thinking of our leaders as fools,” jolted social media .

The tweet attracted 21,000 comments, 40,000 re-tweets and over 0.1 million likes, within a few hours.

Trump in his tweet further said, “They give safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan, with little help. No more!"

The strong language was much appreciated by India sympathisers.

“Happy new year, good decision, we have been telling this for a long time, all money got looted,” wrote Jaydeep Thosar in his comments generating a debate.

The reaction from Pakistani users was timely and intense.

Many users with accounts carrying Pakistani flags and Pakistan army insignia as display pictures were quick to response.

“Yeah what about your own one trillion dollars of taxpayer money, and lives killed and lost in Afghanistan? and now blame Pakistan,” said a user wolfpack.

In reaction to Trump’s tweet many hashtags appeared and became popular instantly.

Hashtags “TrumpPunishesPak”, “DonaldTrump” were among the many that became viral.

Various intellectuals, hawks and common users expressed their reaction to the US president’s tweet using the hashtags.

“If there ever was an axis of evil, Pakistan would be the top contenders for it. Pakistan has contributed to the world with global terror, actively participated in exchange of nuclear missile technology with N Korea under [the] watchful eye of its new master, China,” wrote @iamnavamohan.

From Pakistani side the users kept on demanding the US to re-visit its foreign policy instead of blaming Pakistan for his defeats.

Pakistan has done more to defeat terrorism than anyone, instead of shifting blame on us, Donald Trump must revisit US policy on Afghanistan.

“We have done what we could for the world now the world must do more to defeat the menace of terrorism rather dragging us into [a] blame game,” wrote former Lt General Amjad Shoaib.

Some users were creative in their responses.

A user “Glad Mind” posted a clip of firebrand cleric Allama Khadim Hussain – of Faizabad sit-in fame, who in his typical style slammed the US president.

The websites of some Indian local newspapers became a battleground too.

Some users became offensive reflecting the conventional enmity between both the neighbourly states.

“The Master, US President has stopped feeding bones to its Pidi Pakistan but why are all the Pidis of another master so upset back home? Time for India to take all these foreign and Indian Pidis to task by a zero tolerance policy against terror,” wrote Shehzad Jai Hind.

He is being followed by many Pakistanis including renowned lawyer Asma Jehangir.

A user Asfandyar Bhittani advised Trump to put his house in order first.

“Clean your own house Nato supply route defaulter,” he said in his tweet tagged with a pictures – claiming of - Gen Nicholson with Abdul Rasul Sayyaf, the man who invited Osama bin laden to Afghanistan after his expulsion from Sudan in 1996.

Bhittani said Sayyaf was described as OBL's mentor and father figure by Telegraph in 2001.

Shahid Latif, a Pakistani retired air marshal reacting to the US aid - reminded US of sacrifices Pakistan has made in the war of terror.

“85K civilians and 7K security officials dead, over 0.1 million injured/handicapped, over $120 billion loss to its economy and burden of 30 million Afghan refugees to its economy, US's $33 billion to Pakistan are just a pittance to what we have suffered,” he said. Some users from the US and other Western countries criticised Trump’s foreign policy.

Brian Krassenstein commented that Trump had given Russia command over US democracy.

He said US should also do more.

“As you pull back from the world, others take the lead, the world becomes less safe, and thus America becomes less safe. Yes, Pakistan should do more, but so too should the US!” he said.

It appears that the issue will continue to garner social media attention in the days to come.