Wednesday, 21 November, 2018

Pakistan's Imran Khan Would Talk With Trump, But 'Dread It'

Services Public Relations the public relations arm of the Pakistani army Pakistani Army Chief Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa attends the Change of Command ceremony in Rawalpindi Pakistan. Bajwa says Inter Services Public Relations via AP
Melinda Barton | 14 January, 2018, 12:42

However, the United States on Tuesday made its stand clear that the aid to Pakistan has only been suspended not cut-off, as it wanted the country to take an aggressive approach in eliminating terrorism. Bajwa also said Pakistan is being treated badly by the United States "despite decades of cooperation,"Sputnik News reports".

He said that Pakistan is facing serious problems from the elements carrying out attacking from Afghanistan's soil.

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.

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.

The opposition leader has always been critical of Pakistan's participation in the USA -led war against terrorism in neighboring Afghanistan.

Pakistan's volatile tribal areas have long served as a hideout and training ground for Taliban insurgents battling worldwide forces in Afghanistan.

In Washington, a senior State Department official expressed hope that the two countries would come to terms and that Pakistan would meet USA requests for the handover of captured terrorism suspects. He insisted Pakistan should have supported the US campaign against terrorism but it should not have deployed tens of thousands of troops to the country's tribal regions on the Afghan border to fight its own people.

Some U.S. and Afghan officials anxious that Pakistan would retaliate by ceasing to share intelligence or raising the costs for U.S. -led North Atlantic Treaty Organisation forces to use Pakistani air and land corridors into Afghanistan. COAS said that entire Pakistani nation felt betrayed over U.S. recent statements despite decades of cooperation.

During the phone calls, the Pakistani Army Chief told Gen. Votel that the entire nation felt betrayed over the recent USA allegations despite decades of cooperation between the two countries.

Khan said Trump was using Pakistan as a scapegoat for the USA -led coalition's inability to defeat the Taliban and that his comments were "very insulting".

The White House later announced it was suspending some $2 billion in assistance to Pakistan's military until it did more to fight terrorism.

Khan and his party spearheaded street protests and a subsequent legal battle that ousted Pakistan's thrice-elected prime minister, Nawaz Sharif, from office last July on corruption charges.