'Betrayed' Pakistan army chief won't ask for further USA aid

  • 'Betrayed' Pakistan army chief won't ask for further USA aid

'Betrayed' Pakistan army chief won't ask for further USA aid

"Accordingly, Pakistan's unanimous national response reflected the same sentiments", ISPR quoted the army chief as having told US Centcom Commander General Joseph Votel and a US senator who called Gen Bajwa over the week to discuss Pak-US security cooperation following President Donald Trump's tweet. It added that Bajwa told Votel Pakistan was fully aware of the USA concerns regarding activities of Afghan nationals in Pakistan and is already undertaking several operations against militants.

Trump, in a New Year tweet, said that the United States had foolishly given Pakistan $33 billion in aid over 15 years and was rewarded with "nothing but lies & deceit, thinking of our leaders as fools".

Aizaz said the message by the U.S. leadership has not gone well with Pakistan and its people and President Trump's tweet was rather a surprise for all. The ISPR statement is therefore considered to be aimed at quelling the speculations.

Possibility of a unilateral action by the USA was key concern in Islamabad, especially after a Pentagon report on Afghanistan last month mentioned "unilateral steps in areas of divergence".

For his part Bajwa told Votel that the "entire Pakistani nation felt betrayed" over the USA statements, but insisted Pakistan would continue to support peace efforts in the region despite being made a "scapegoat".

Dr Faisal said Islamabad has also apprised Washington to help resolve the matter of Afghan refugees. COAS said that Pakistan shall continue its honest counter terrorism efforts even without United States financial support in accordance with our national interest and shall remain committed to bring it to its logical conclusion along with other stake holders.

"We value mutual understanding of interests and concerns that we need to consider that might lead to a positive path forward", Thomas said.

During the call, Votel told Bajwa that Washington is concerned about Afghans using Pakistan as a staging ground for attacks against the U.S. inside Afghanistan.

In Washington, a senior State Department official expressed hope that the two countries would come to terms and that Pakistan would meet US requests for the handover of captured terrorism suspects.

He also said the U.S. is not planning any action inside Pakistan but is seeking cooperation to recover terrorists who, according to the USA view, are using Pakistan's soil against Kabul.

Gen Bajwa also communicated Pakistan's expectations from the USA, which included making Afghanistan agree to border control management and recognition of Pakistan's sacrifices in the fight against terrorism.

Pakistan, General Bajwa maintained, is also strengthening border controls unilaterally but if Afghanistan genuinely feels affected from Pakistan, bilateral border management must be Kabul's top priority as well.