Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Pakistan, US must work together to defeat terrorism: Aizaz Chaudhry

Pakistan, US must work together to defeat terrorism: Aizaz Chaudhry

The comment comes after President Donald Trump's administration withheld nearly $2 billion in security aid from Pakistan for allegedly failing to take "decisive action" against Taliban militants targeting USA personnel in neighboring Afghanistan, according to the Associated Press.

Pakistan's Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa has said the return of the refugees is prerequisite in a bid to help the Pakistani forces deny safe havens to the Afghan militants.

General Votel, who is overseeing the USA campaign in Afghanistan, apprised General Bajwa about the U.S. decision regarding the security assistance and Coalition Support Fund.

The statement added that Bajwa told Votel that "the entire Pakistani nation" felt betrayed by the recent US statements despite decades of cooperation. Bajwa also said Pakistan is being treated badly by the USA "despite decades of cooperation,"Sputnik News reports". 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. The committee at the time said that the US was scapegoating Pakistan for its own failure to bring peace to Afghanistan after 16 years of war. This view, he felt, was undermining in Washington, Pakistan's contributions in the war against terrorism.

Spokesman Colonel John Thomas said Centcom is in "continuous communication" with the Pakistan military, including recurring conversations between Votel and Bajwa.

Responding to a question, the ambassador said that almost half of Afghanistan was unstable which was a source of concern for Pakistan, Central Asia and China, adding that it was not in the interest of either Pakistan or the United States to drift apart at this point in time.

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.

Last week, President Donald Trump froze payments worth $900 million from the "coalition support fund" for Pakistan, saying Islamabad is not doing enough to target Afghan Taliban and Haqqani group bases.

In his New Year tweet, Trump had accused Pakistan of lies and deceit.

Since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, Pakistan has assisted the United States 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.

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