US military says in 'continuous communication' with Pakistan

14 January, 2018, 12:42 | Author: Brenda Erickson
  • Pakistan has credible nuclear deterrence against any threat from India

After hints dropped by Foreign Office spokesman Dr. Muhammad Faisal on Thursday that the two sides were busy in talks away from media focus, Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa received two telephone calls from US Centcom Commander, General Joseph Votel, and a US Senator on Friday expressing optimism that the current turbulence in relations would be a temporary phenomenon.

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

He also suspended almost $2 billion in security assistance to Pakistan.

AFTER a series of statements and counter statements, there are credible reports of behind-the-scene renewed engagement between Pakistan and the United States in a bid to sort out differences that went public after {in-} famous tweet by President Trump.

A senior Trump administration official has said the United States is developing risk mitigation plan, given the past experience that Pakistan blocks ground lines of communication as retaliatory measure.

Last week, the said the USA favours supply routes through Pakistan because of cost, but has built flexibility into its Afghan supply lines to avoid over-reliance on any single option.

The statement further added that the top US General also conveyed COAS that 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.

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"We value mutual understanding of interests and concerns that we need to consider that might lead to a positive path forward", Thomas said.

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

"Even the USA ambassador", who was summoned for a meeting at Pakistan's Foreign Ministry after Trump's New Year's Day tweets, "didn't have an explanation for the tweet for the first couple of days", the official said. In response, the Pakistani Foreign Minister stated that his country was no longer in an alliance with the USA and said that its partner was treating it as a "whipping boy" for its failure in Afghanistan, powerfully remarking that America is "a friend who always betrays".

US troops have been in the country ever since, supporting the government in Kabul's fight against the Taliban and other insurgents, including Islamic State (IS).

General Bajwa categorically said that Pakistan would not seek resumption of aid but expet honorable recognition of the contributions, sacrifices and unwavering resolve in the fight against terrorism for peace and stability in the region.

"We've only suspended the aid; we have not reallocated the money", Goldstein said.

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