Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

United States military says in 'continuous communication' with Pakistan

United States military says in 'continuous communication' with Pakistan

General Votel acknowledged the effectiveness of some of the recent actions taken by Pakistan to ensure that Pakistan's hospitality to Afghan refugees was not misused in any way, the ISPR said, adding that the U.S. general agreed that both countries stood to gain from the cooperative engagement.

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

U.S. Central Command chief General Joseph Votel has assured the head of the Pakistan Army that Washington "is not contemplating any unilateral action" inside the country, a statement from the Pakistani military said on Friday. COAS 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.

Some U.S. and Afghan officials anxious that Pakistan would retaliate by ceasing to share intelligence or raising the costs for U.S. -led North Atlantic Treaty Organisation forces to use Pakistani air and land corridors into Afghanistan.

The statement led to heightened tensions between Pakistan and the US.

Trump's tweet infuriated Pakistani officials and caught the rest of the USA administration off guard.

The Pakistani military in a statement said Gen. Votel apprised COAS about the USA decision regarding Security Assistance and Coalition Support Fund and said that U.S. values Pakistan's role towards war on terror and expected that on-going turbulence remains a temporary phase.

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Pakistan's Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa has said the return of the refugees is prerequisite in a bid to help the Pakistani forces deny safe havens to the Afghan militants. "We value mutual understanding of interests and concerns that we need to consider that might lead to a positive path forward", Thomas told AFP.

Trump, in a New Year tweet, said that the United States had foolishly given Pakistan $33 billion in aid over 15 years and was rewarded with "nothing but lies & deceit, thinking of our leaders as fools".

The U.S. military's Central Command did not comment on the content of their conversation.

However, the USA military is also concerned that the Pakistani army, which effectively runs foreign policy, might close the air and land corridors on which US -led troops and Afghan forces in landlocked Afghanistan depend for supplies.

The move, first announced by Trump in a New Year's Day tweet, sparked indignation in Pakistan, which has long denied the USA accusations of militant support, and accused Washington of dismissing the sacrifices it has made in the war on extremism. He added that US s "didn't disown Trump's tweets, but they also found it tough to explain how they would translate [into] policymaking".

"This view, he felt, was undermining in Washington, Pakistan's contributions in war against terrorism".

"I am hopeful that Pakistan will do the right thing and turn over the terrorists and honor their commitment", said Steven Goldstein, undersecretary of State for public diplomacy and public affairs. "So now it is the job of Pakistan to take seriously their commitment to us and most importantly to the people of Pakistan who ... should want to root out terrorists in their country as much as we want to root out terrorists in their country".

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