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Published: Sun, January 14, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Pakistan won't seek U.S. aid resumption: Army Chief Bajwa

Pakistan won't seek U.S. aid resumption: Army Chief Bajwa

The Trump administration subsequently suspended almost $2 billion in security assistance to Islamabad until it takes "decisive action" against alleged Afghan militant sanctuaries on Pakistani soil.

The escalating tensions between the USA and Pakistan over what Washington says is Islamabad's provision of "safe havens to terrorists" might lead to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation being cut off from Afghanistan.

Trump's accusations heightened tensions between Pakistan and the US.

Pakistan's army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa spoke with US Central Command General Joseph Votel on the phone and said he feels "betrayed" after recent actions by the US to cut military aid.

For his part Bajwa told Votel that the "entire Pakistani nation felt betrayed" over the U.S. statements, but insisted Pakistan would continue to support peace efforts in the region despite being made a "scapegoat".

Pakistan Army's public affairs division Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) has released the details of Gen Bajwa's recent contacts with the U.S. leaders, Dawn newspaper reported Saturday.

Mr. Trump lashed out at 's alleged support for extremists in a New Year's Day tweet, saying the USA had "foolishly" given more than $33 billion in aid and had gotten nothing in return but "lies & deceit", alleging 's involvement in providing "safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan".

Trump accused Pakistan of doing nothing to assist in the USA -led war effort in neighboring Afghanistan and of not cracking down on militants that attack US and Afghan forces across the border.

See: Is Imran Khan really Pakistan's Donald Trump? These included that "the problems in ties were temporary, there would be no unilateral action against Pakistan and that the United States did not want a disruption in ties rather it wanted cooperation from Islamabad on areas of its concern".

Some U.S. and Afghan officials anxious that Pakistan would retaliate by no longer sharing intelligence or raising the costs for U.S. -led North Atlantic Treaty Organisation forces to use Pakistani air and land corridors into Afghanistan. "We're hopeful for future cooperation from Pakistan", Steve Goldstein, US Under Secretary of State said in a statement.

A top American general has told Pakistan's army chief the US military does not intend to conduct any unilateral strikes inside the country and both sides emphasized the need for continued cooperation to fight terrorism, an official announcement said Friday.

Also in question is nearly $1 billion of U.S. military equipment that has allowed Pakistan access to advanced military technology.

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