Sunday, 19 November 2017

Pakistan does not need US aid: COAS

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RAWALPINDI:  Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa said that Pakistan was not looking for any material or financial assistance from USA but trust, understanding and acknowledgement of our contributions.

This he said while speaking to American Ambassador to Pakistan David Hale who called on Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) at GHQ in Rawalpindi on Wednesday.

The meeting comes a day after US President Donald Trump said his country could no longer be silent about Pakistan’s ‘safe havens’ for militants and warned it had much to lose by continuing to ‘harbor terrorists’.

Although opposition parties PPP and PTI have condemned Trump’s remarks, the government is yet to give an official response.

According to the ISPR, the US ambassador briefed the army chief about the new US policy regarding Afghanistan.

The ambassador said that US values Pakistan’s role in the war against terror and is seeking cooperation from Pakistan to resolve the Afghan issue.

Speaking on this occasion, COAS said peace in Afghanistan is as important for Pakistan as for any other country.

“We have done a lot towards that end and shall keep on doing our best, not to appease anyone but in line with our national interest and national policy.”

“We are not looking for any material or financial assistance from USA but trust, understanding and acknowledgement of our contributions,” he said.

Collaboration and synergy of effort between all stakeholders is the key to success to bring this long drawn war in Afghanistan to its logical confusion, the COAS concluded.

Trump committed on Monday the United States to an open-ended conflict in Afghanistan, signaling he would dispatch more troops to America’s longest war and vowing ‘a fight to win’.

Trump insisted that others – the Afghan government, Pakistan, India and NATO allies – step up their own commitment to resolving the 16-year conflict, but he saved his sharpest words for Pakistan.

Senior US officials warned security assistance for Pakistan could be reduced unless the nuclear-armed nation cooperated more in preventing militants from using safe havens on its soil.

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