Pakistan felt betrayed on trivializing decade old cooperation: COAS tells US Commander

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COAS General Qamar Javed Bajwa-US CENTCOM Commander General Joseph L. Votel

RAWALPINDI: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa has informed Commander US Central Command (CENTCOM), General Joseph L. Votel that “entire Pakistani nation felt betrayed on trivializing our decade old cooperation. We won’t ask for restoration of financial assistance but honorable recognition of our contributions.”
Commander US CENTCOM & a US Senator telephoned COAS to discuss security coop post POTUS tweet. Bajwa received two phone calls over the week to discuss Pak-US security cooperation. A press release was given by ISPR which read, “General Joseph L. Votel apprised COAS about the US decision regarding Security Assistance and Coalition Support Fund.”
Gen Votel said US values Pakistan’s role “towards war on terror and expected that on-going turbulence between the two countries remain a temporary phase”.
The press release stated that US is not contemplating any unilateral action inside Pakistan but is “seeking cooperation to tackle Afghan nationals who, according to the US, use Pakistan’s soil against Afghanistan.”
COAS reiterated Pakistan’s response and said that nation felt betrayed over US statements despite decades of cooperation. “Accordingly, unanimous national response reflected the same sentiments,” the press release read.
COAS further added that Pakistan shall continue its sincere counter terrorism efforts even without US financial support in accordance with national interest and shall remain committed to bring it to its logical conclusion along with other stake holders.
“COAS said that Pakistan has suffered hugely due to great power competition in the region. He said that Pakistan 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,” the press release stated.
ISPR also stated that Pakistan is strengthening border controls unilaterally, “but if Afghanistan genuinely feels affected by Pakistan, bilateral border management must be Kabul’s top priority as well.” COAS further said that Pakistan does not seek resumption of aid, but “expects honourable recognition of our contributions, sacrifices and unwavering resolve in fight against terrorism for peace and stability of the country.”
COAS has further stated that Pakistan will keep supporting all peace initiatives in Afghanistan despite the “tendency to scapegoat Pakistan”, and said that peace in Afghanistan is “the only way to move towards enduring peace and stability in the region”.
“General Joseph L. Votel acknowledged the effectiveness of some of the recent actions taken by Pakistan to ensure that Pakistan’s hospitality to Afghan Refugees is not misused in anyway,” the press release concluded.

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