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Pakistan won't seek resumption of suspended US military aid: General Bajwa

Washington has confirmed that it will withhold nearly $2 billion in aid to Pakistan

Press Trust of India  |  Islamabad 

Pakistan, Pakistan army chief, Qamar Bajwa, Bajwa
Pakistan Army Chief General Qamar Bajwa

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, has said.

has accused of providing safe havens for terror groups like the and the fighting in war-torn

On January 1, Trump tweeted that the US had "foolishly" given more than $33 billion in aid in the last 15 years and had gotten nothing in return but "lies & deceit."

has confirmed that it will withhold nearly $2 billion in aid to Pakistan.

Gen Bajwa received two telephone calls from (CENTCOM) Joseph L Votel and one from an unidentified US over the week to discuss Pak-US security cooperation post the Trump tweet, the said in a statement on Friday.

He said that Gen Votel apprised Gen Bajwa about the US decision regarding and said that US values Pakistan's role towards and expected that on-going turbulence remains a "temporary phase".

"The of Staff (COAS) reiterated that Pakistan will not seek resumption of aid but expect honourable recognition of our contributions, sacrifices and unwavering resolve in fight against for peace and stability in the region," according to the statement.

The freezing of US military aid to Pakistan also includes $255 million due to it for military equipment and training under the Foreign Military Financing (FMF) fund, and $700 million under the (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 despite the tendency to "scapegoat" Pakistan, as peace in is the only way to move towards enduring peace and stability in the region.

Gen Votel also conveyed that "US is not contemplating any unilateral action inside Pakistan but is seeking cooperation to tackle nationals who, in US view, use Pakistan's soil against Afghanistan."

"This view, he (Gen Votel) felt, was undermining in Washington, Pakistan's contributions in war against terrorism," the statement said.

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 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.

Bajwa said that Pakistan has suffered hugely due to great power contestation in the region.

He also said that Pakistan is fully aware of US concerns on activities of nationals in Pakistan.

"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.

The army did not share the identity or details of the call by US

However, the calls confirm what said yesterday that the two sides were in touch to resolve the difference since scathing new year tweet.

"The two sides continue to communicate with each on various issues of mutual interest at different levels. Since, it is being done outside media glare, I cannot share further details with you," Faisal had said.

First Published: Fri, January 12 2018. 20:18 IST