The Pakistani armed forces have categorically said no to the resumption of aid from the United States (US), the Pakistan Army media cell told in is latest press release.
ISPR told that Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa received two telephone calls from the US Central Command (CENTCOM) Commander General Joseph L. Votel while one from an unnamed US Senator over the week. The leaders discussed Pak-US relationship after the diplomatic crisis amid the tweet of US President Donald Trump.
Comd USCENTCOM & a US Senator telephoned COAS to discuss security coop post POTUS tweet. “Entire Pakistani nation felt betrayed on trivialising our decade old cooperation. We won’t ask for restoration of financial assistance but honourable recognition of our contributions”, COAS.
During the phone calls, COAS told Gen. Votel that the entire nation felt betrayed over the recent US allegations despite decades of cooperation between the two countries. He told the US that they will continue fighting against terrorism even without their support.
He said, “Pakistan will continue its sincere counter terrorism efforts even without US financial support in accordance with our national interest and will remain committed to bring it to logical conclusion along with other stake holders.”
“Pakistan has suffered hugely due to great power contestation in the region. It is fully aware of US concerns on activities of Afghan nationals in Pakistan and we are already undertaking multiple actions through Operation ‘Radd-ul-Fasaad’ to deny any residual capacity to terrorists of all hue and colour for which return of Afghan Refugees is an essential prerequisite.”
In reply, Gen. Votel apprised COAS about the US decision regarding Security Assistance and Coalition Support Fund, stressing that the US values Pakistan s role towards war on terror and expected that the on-going turbulence remains a temporary phase. “US is not contemplating any unilateral action inside Pakistan but is seeking cooperation to tackle Afghan nationals who, in US view, use Pakistan’s soil against Afghanistan,” he conveyed the army chief.
The US General agreed to agreed that both countries stand to gain from cooperation with each other and acknowledged the recent actions taken by Pakistan for the hospitality of Afghan refugees.
Rift in Pak-US ties
The US President Trump had categorically said “no more” aid to Pakistan in his tweet, writing that the US gave over 33 billion dollars in aid to Pakistan over the past 15 years and slamming Pakistan for only providing lies and deceit in reaction.
The Pentagon had announced that it was withholding $900 million in security assistance for Pakistan.