No US unilateral anti-terror action; Pakistan assured


General Bajwa categorically said that Pakistan would not seek resumption of aid but expet honorable recognition of the contributions, sacrifices and unwavering resolve in the fight against terrorism for peace and stability in the region.

Chairman Imran Khan said on Saturday that meeting US President Donald Trump would be a "bitter pill" to swallow should he become the prime minister in elections later this year, but added, "I would meet him".

Khan added that he feels the United States has dishonored the Pakistani soldiers who have been killed fighting insurgents in its volatile tribal regions and the thousands of Pakistanis who have died in terror attacks.

In a telling sign of his priorities for the year, Trump's first foreign policy tweet of 2018 slammed Pakistan and was soon thereafter followed up by the suspension of an estimated $900 million of military aid to the South Asian state.

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

Last week, the said the U.S. favours supply routes through Pakistan because of cost, but has built flexibility into its Afghan supply lines to avoid over-reliance on any single option.

"Pakistan is also important to situation in Afghanistan".

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USA troops have been in the country ever since, supporting the government in Kabul's fight against the Taliban and other insurgents, including Islamic State (IS).

According to Dawn, this was conveyed to Islamabad by Centcom Commander Gen Joseph Votel in a telephonic conversation to Pakistan's army chief Gen Qamar Bajwa last week. While he praises liberals outside Pakistan as anti-war and committed to humanitarian values and freedom of speech, he rails against Pakistani liberals, chastising them for supporting the military operations in the tribal regions.

General Bajwa, according to the report, told General Votel that the "entire Pakistani nation felt betrayed" over the USA statements though he assured him that Pakistan would continue to support peace efforts in the region despite being made a "scapegoat".

A senior Trump administration official has said the USA is developing risk mitigation plan, given the past experience that Pakistan blocks ground lines of communication as retaliatory measure.

Pakistan's politics have been in turmoil since Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif resigned in July 2017 aftrer being hit with corruption charges.

Pakistan's politics have been in turmoil since Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was dismissed from power past year on corruption charges and a party faithful, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, was sworn in as prime minister until new elections are held.