Published: Sun, January 14, 2018
World | By Melba Underwood

No US unilateral anti-terror action; Pakistan assured

No US unilateral anti-terror action; Pakistan assured

"Pakistan is fully aware of USA concerns on activities of Afghan nationals in Pakistan and we are already undertaking multiple actions through Operation Raddul Fasaad to deny any residual capacity to terrorists of all hue and colour for which return of Afghan refugees is an essential prerequisite", Gen Bajwa was quoted as having told Gen Votel.

In a press briefing, Khan, who has an global reputation as a ladies man and at home is seen more as a religious conservative, said he has been a staunch opponent of Pakistan's participation in the war on terror since it began in 2001 following the 9/11 attacks on the U.S.

He also told the American general that 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".

Should he become the prime minister, PTI chief said "yes we would talk", referring to Trump, but added that the United States dishonours the memory of thousands of Pakistani soldiers who died battling militants, as well as that of tens of thousands of Pakistanis who died in terrorist attacks.

Several U.S. officials have met with senior Pakistani civilian and military leaders to find what one called "common ground" after President Trump rebuked Pakistan in a series of New Years Day Twitter posts, and then said the U.S. would no longer provide aid to Islamabad.

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.

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The Pakistani statement on Friday did not directly refer to Trump's tweet.

"We value mutual understanding of interests and concerns that we need to consider and might lead to a positive path forward", US Central Command spokesman Air Force Col. John Thomas said.

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.

Since Trump took office, there have been several drone strikes in Pakistan's border region but they have not so far gone deeper into Pakistani territory, though Islamabad believes that is on a menu of punitive actions the U.S. administration is considering.

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

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