Pakistan army chief: U.S. general called, offered assurances

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The phone call comes on the heels of a tweet sent out by President Trump earlier this month, criticizing his country's long-standing policy of sending security aid to Pakistan.

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.

The statement further added that the top US General also conveyed COAS that US is not contemplating any unilateral action inside Pakistan but is seeking cooperation to tackle Afghan nationals who, in US view, use Pakistan's soil against Afghanistan.

According to Friday's statement, Bajwa told Votel that Pakistan would not request the resumption of military aid from the U.S. COAS said that entire Pakistani nation felt betrayed over United States recent statements despite decades of cooperation. It added that Bajwa told Votel Pakistan was fully aware of the US concerns regarding activities of Afghan nationals in Pakistan and is already undertaking several operations against militants.

"Pakistan and the U.S. have the same objective, to stabilise the situation in Afghanistan", he said in an interview with Pamela Constable, Afghanistan and Pakistan Bureau Chief of the Washington Post.

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"The General said that US values Pakistan's role towards war on terror and expected that on-going turbulence remains a temporary phase", the statement said. This view, he felt, was undermining in Washington, Pakistan's contributions in the war against terrorism.

Pakistan responded to Trump's accusations by convening a National Security Committee meeting, which was attended by Pakistan's prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Bajwa.

Since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, Pakistan has assisted the USA in its fight in the war on terrorism, providing the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) with supply routes into landlocked Afghanistan after the U.S. invasion, Bloomberg reports.

Officials said the administration had frozen payments from the "coalition support fund" set aside to reimburse Pakistani spending on counter-terror operations, worth $900 million. "No more!" he wrote in his New Year's Day tweet, referring to Pakistan. Also in question is nearly $1 billion of USA military equipment that has allowed Pakistan access to advanced military technology.

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