'We feel betrayed' says Pakistani Army on USA move to cut aid

'Betrayed' Pakistan army chief won't ask for further US aid

Army Chief Says Pakistan 'Felt Betrayed' By US Accusations, Aid Cuts

Gen. Asif Ghafoor said that Votel in his call to Gen. Qamer Javed Bajwa reiterated Washington's concern about Afghans using Pakistan as a staging ground for attacks inside Afghanistan.

During the interview, Ambassador Chaudhry stated that the message by the United States leadership had not gone well with Pakistan and its people, and President Trump's tweet was rather a surprise for all.

During the call, Votel told Bajwa that Washington is concerned about Afghans using Pakistan as a staging ground for attacks against the U.S. inside Afghanistan. It also ignited speculation that the USA could resume drone strikes or launch operations along Pakistan's border with Afghanistan, where militant groups once operated with impunity. Votel also told Bajwa the "U.S.is not contemplating any unilateral action inside Pakistan", it continued.

"Pakistan and the United States have the same objective, to stabilise the situation in Afghanistan", he said in an interview with Pamela Constable, Afghanistan and Pakistan Bureau Chief of the Washington Post.

The move, first announced by Trump in a New Year's Day tweet, sparked indignation in Pakistan, which has long denied the US accusations of militant support, and accused Washington of dismissing the sacrifices it has made in the war on extremism. COAS said that entire Pakistani nation felt betrayed over USA recent statements despite decades of cooperation. 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.

Pakistan later responded to Trump's allegations by convening a National Security Committee meeting, attended by Bajwa and Pakistan's Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi.

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.

The ambassador also said that Pakistan was confused by President Trump's tweet accusing Pakistan of "lies and deceit" because both Secretary Rex Tillerson and Secretary Mattis during their visits to Pakistan carried the same message about working on a common ground with Pakistan. "They give safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan, with little help".

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

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