Pakistan won’t seek resumption of suspended US military aid says Qamar Javed Bajwa

Vastavam web: Pakistan will not seek the resumption of suspended US military aid and feels “betrayed” by the recent critical statements of the American leadership against Islamabad’s fight against terrorism, army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa has said.President Donald Trump has accused Pakistan of providing safe havens for terror groups like the Afghan Taliban and the Haqqani Network fighting in war-torn Afghanistan.Gen Bajwa received two telephone calls from Commander US Central Command (CENTCOM) General Joseph L. Votel and one from an unidentified US Senator over the week to discuss Pak-US security cooperation post the President Trump tweet, the army spokesman said in a statement today.

He said that Gen Votel apprised Gen Bajwa about the US decision regarding Security Assistance and Coalition Support Fund and said that US values Pakistan’s role towards war on terror and expected that on-going turbulence remains a “temporary phase”.The freezing of US military aid to Pakistan also includes USD 255 million due to it for military equipment and training under the Foreign Military Financing (FMF) fund, and USD 700m under the Coalition Support Fund (CSF) – paid to the country for conducting operations against militant groups.

Gen Bajwa further said that Pakistan will keep supporting all initiatives for peace in Afghanistan despite the tendency to “scapegoat” Pakistan, as peace in Afghanistan is the only way to move towards enduring peace and stability in the region.The COAS said that entire Pakistani nation felt “betrayed” over US recent statements despite decades of cooperation and the unanimous national response reflected the same sentiments.

“The COAS said that Pakistan shall continue its sincere counter terrorism efforts even without US financial support in accordance with our national interest and shall remain committed to bring it to its logical conclusion along with other stake holders,” the statement said.”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, he said.

Gen 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 and also agreed that both countries stand to gain from cooperative engagement.However, the calls confirm what Foreign Office spokesman Mohammad Faisal said yesterday that the two sides were in touch to resolve the difference since Donald Trump s scathing new year tweet.