U.S. assures Pakistan of no unilateral military action


A security aid of $2billion to Pakistan was suspended by Trump's administration last week over these accusations.

The US General acknowledged the recent actions taken by Pakistan for the hospitality of Afghan refugees and agreed that both countries stand to gain from cooperative engagement.

The opposition leader has always been critical of Pakistan's participation in the US -led war against terrorism in neighboring Afghanistan. The Pentagon declined comment on reports about a decision by Pakistan to cut-off intelligence sharing.

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.

U.S. Central Command spokesman Air Force Colonel John Thomas noted recurring conversations between U.S. General Joseph Votel, the commander of Central Command, and General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Pakistan's army chief.

He also said the U.S. is not planning any action inside Pakistan but is seeking cooperation to recover terrorists who, according to the U.S. view, are using Pakistan's soil against Kabul.

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

The White House later announced it was suspending some $2 billion in assistance to Pakistan's military until it did more to fight terrorism.

USA officials have given no assurances that as much as $1 billion in aid would resume. It was very insulting of him [Trump], the way he treated Pakistan. 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. Khan referred to Sharif's family, which dominates the ruling Pakistan Muslim League (PML), as "a political mafia" that he vowed to defeat at the polls.

"Fasaad' to deny any residual capacity to terrorists of all hue and colour for which return of Afghan refugees is an essential prerequisite", the statement maintained while quoting Genera Bajwa as telling the USA commander Centcom.

In Washington, a senior State Department official expressed hope that the two countries would come to terms and that Pakistan would meet US requests for the handover of captured terrorism suspects. "So when I read in the paper that aid at the level of $250m or 500 or 900 has been cut, we at least are not aware of that aid".