Pakistan wants recognition, not aid, in terror fight, Gen Bajwa tells CENTCOM chief

Posted In: News Date:Jan 12th, 2018

Pakistan Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa has told the top American general that Pakistan will not seek the resumption of US military aid but it expects honourable recognition of its contributions, sacrifices and unwavering support in the fight against terrorism, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said on Friday.

According to the ISPR press release tweeted by Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor, Gen Bajwa received a telephone call from Commander US Central Command (CENTCOM) General Joseph L. Votel and another from a US senator to discuss Pak-US security cooperation in the wake of US President Donald Trump’s intense criticism and withholding of aid from Pakistan since the turn of the year.

According to the ISPR, Gen Votel told Gen Bajwa that the US values Pakistan’s role in the war against terrorism and that the recent turbulence in the two countries’ relationship remains “a temporary phase”. However, Gen Bajwa told Gen Votel that the entire Pakistani nation felt betrayed over the US government’s recent statements, which he said ignored decades of cooperation on Pakistan’s part.