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    Pakistan will continue counter-terrorism efforts even without US aid, COAS tells Centocm Chief



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    COAS Gen Qamar Bajwa. Photo: File

    RAWALPINDI: Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa received two phone calls from US Centcom Commander General Joseph Votel and one from a US senator over the week to discuss Pak-US security cooperation following President Donald Trump’s tweet, the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) said on Friday.

    The army chief told the US officials that Pakistan will continue its "sincere counter-terrorism efforts" even without US financial support in accordance with its own national interest and will remain committed to bringing the effort to its logical conclusion along with other stakeholders.

    Trump, in a New Year tweet, accused Pakistan of lies and deceit. "They give safe havens to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan, with little help. No more!" he said on January 1.

    The incident led to heightened tensions between Pakistan and the US. Later, on January 5, the US announced that it is suspending the transfer of military equipment and security-related funds to Pakistan.

    According to the ISPR, General Votel apprised the army chief about the US decision regarding the US security assistance and coalition support fund.

    "The general said that the US values Pakistan’s role towards the war on terror and expected that the ongoing turbulence remains a temporary phase," the ISPR said.

    He also conveyed to the army chief that the US is not contemplating any unilateral action inside Pakistan but is seeking cooperation to tackle Afghan nationals who, in his view, use Pakistan’s soil against Afghanistan, the ISPR informed.

    "This view, he felt, was undermining in Washington Pakistan’s contributions in the war against terrorism," the ISPR statement added further.

    According to the ISPR, the COAS said that the entire Pakistani nation felt betrayed over recent US statements despite decades of cooperation. Accordingly, Pakistan's unanimous national response reflected the same sentiments.

    Moreover, the army chief was quoted saying 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 bringing it to its logical conclusion along with other stakeholders".

    He added that Pakistan is fully aware of US concerns on activities of Afghan nationals in Pakistan and "we are already undertaking multiple actions through Operation Raddul Fasaad to deny any residual capacity to terrorists of all hue and colour for which return of Afghan Refugees is an essential prerequisite".

    "Pakistan has suffered hugely due to great power contestation in the region," the army chief reportedly stated.

    The US officials were also apprised of Pakistan's moves to strengthen border controls unilaterally "but if Afghanistan genuinely feels affected from Pakistan, bilateral border management must be Kabul’s top priority as well".

    The COAS reiterated that Pakistan will not seek resumption of aid but expects honourable recognition of its contributions, sacrifices and unwavering resolve in the fight against terrorism for peace and stability in the region, according to the ISPR.

    "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 army chief was quoted saying by ISPR.

    General 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 any way, the ISPR said, adding that the US general agreed that both countries stand to gain from cooperative engagement.
     
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    Pakistani nation felt betrayed on trivialising decade old cooperation: COAS
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    Published: January 12, 2018
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    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 trivialising our decade old cooperation. We won’t ask for restoration of financial assistance but honourable recognition of our contributions.”

    Comd US CENTCOM and a US Senator telephoned COAS to discuss security coop post US President Donald Trump’s tweet. Bajwa received two phone calls over the week to discuss Pak-US security cooperation. A press release was given by Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) which read, “General Joseph L. Votel apprised COAS about the US decision regarding Security Assistance and Coalition Support Fund.”

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    Gen Votel said US values Pakistan’s role “towards war on terror and expected that on-going turbulence [between the two countries] remains a temporary phase”.

    The press release further 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.

    Bajwa 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.”

    Army chief 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.”

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    Army chief 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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    In other words, it is going to be business as usual. Surely we must get rid of Indian/Afghan sponsored Taliban in Pakistan, but we are not going to bow before US pressure to do more.

    I guess we shouldn't expect much from the Afghan refugee expulsion either? The people aren't blind and they are watching.
     
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    Soft. Just soft. No dignity and no response.
     
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    We expected a bit more General sb. And before someone lectures us on diplomacy please do tell where this diplomacy when that orange face baboon openly insulted Pakistan and its scarifies in WOT. I say screw this diplomacy. US understands the language of force, it should be replied in similar manner. Diplomacy hasn't got us far and wont take us anywhere in the future either.
     
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    I thought US & Pakistan were cooperating for more than a decade?
     
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    LAME DUCK COAS JUST LIKE KAYANI. NS implant not fit for purpose.
     
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    Us is not reliable friend this is the lesson of sanctions in late 80 and now this time too