Pakistan apprises United States to address concerns to move forward: FO

Pakistan apprises United States to address concerns to move forward: FO

Pakistan apprises United States to address concerns to move forward: FO

In the weeks since the Trump administration withheld almost $1 billion in security aid for Pakistan, Washington and Islamabad officials have been working to patch things up and avert a risky deterioration in their often troubled relations.

Should he become Pakistan's prime minister, Khan said "yes we would talk", referring to Trump, but added that the USA dishonors the memory of thousands of Pakistan's soldiers who died battling insurgents in its tribal regions, as well as that of tens of thousands of Pakistanis who died in terrorist attacks.

Last week, the said the United States 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.

The Pakistani army said in a statement Friday that the head of U.S. Central Command, Gen. Joseph Votel, said in a telephone conversation with Pakistan's chief of army staff that the "ongoing turbulence" in the countries' relationship was "a temporary phase". COAS said that entire Pakistani nation felt betrayed over U.S. recent statements despite decades of cooperation.

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Should he become the prime minister, PTI chief said "yes we would talk", referring to Trump, but added that the U.S. 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.

The US aid suspension was announced days after Trump tweeted on January 1 that the United States had foolishly given Pakistan $33 billion in aid over 15 years and was rewarded with "nothing but lies & deceit, thinking of our leaders as fools".

Trump has been less charitable towards Pakistan.

On Friday, the Pakistan Army disclosed that the USA has assured Pakistan that no unilateral action on its territory is being planned despite the suspension of military aid and a flurry of hostile statements.

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Khan's observations come amid renewed U.S. criticism and withholding of security assistance to Pakistan over its alleged failure to take decisive action against militant groups hostile to the US.

The Pakistani military said both Votel and an unnamed USA senator phoned Bajwa to discuss security cooperation "over the week".

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 USA administration is considering. So far, Pakistan has not done so.

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