U.S. assures Pakistan of no unilateral military action

U.S. assures Pakistan of no unilateral military action

The two generals did however find common ground and spoke of the need for continued cooperation in the ongoing war on terror.

Later on January 5, the USA announced suspension of transfer of military equipment and about $2 billion in security-related aid to Pakistan.

Trump accused Pakistan of doing nothing to assist in the US -led war effort in neighboring Afghanistan and of failing to crack down on militants that attack USA and Afghan forces across the border.

The statement importantly contained an admission by Gen Votel that Pakistan had already taken action against some of the groups that were of concern to the U.S. and it was satisfied with that action.

The army chief told the United States official that Pakistan will continue its honest counter-terrorism efforts even without USA financial support in accordance with its own national interests and will remain committed to bringing the effort to its logical conclusion along with other stakeholders.

USA and Pakistani officials say neither has happened, and in conversations over the last week the two sides have tried to move past Trump's incendiary rhetoric.

Pakistan's army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa spoke with US Central Command General Joseph Votel on the phone and said he feels "betrayed" after recent actions by the US to cut military aid.

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"We value mutual understanding of interests and concerns that we need to consider and might lead to a positive path forward", US Central Command spokesman Air Force Colonel John Thomas said.

Aizaz said the message by the USA leadership has not gone well with Pakistan and its people and President Trump's tweet was rather a surprise for all.

It said Bajwa, however, assured Votel that Pakistan would continue its counter-terrorism efforts even without USA financial support in accordance with the Islamic nation's security interests.

USA officials have given no assurances that as much as $1 billion in aid would resume.

In his New Year tweet, Trump had accused Pakistan of lies and deceit. The tensions resulted in suspension of military assistance to Pakistan, announced by Trump led United States administration on January 5. He added that USA s "didn't disown Trump's tweets, but they also found it tough to explain how they would translate [into] policymaking".

Since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, Pakistan has assisted the USA in its fight in the war on terrorism, providing the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) with supply routes into landlocked Afghanistan after the U.S. invasion, Bloomberg reports. "So now it is the job of Pakistan to take seriously their commitment to us and most importantly to the people of Pakistan who ... should want to root out terrorists in their country as much as we want to root out terrorists in their country".

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