Pentagon bracing close ties with Pakistan, undeterred by White House sanctions

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Washington:  Military leaders of U.S. continue to hold contact with their fellow in Pakistan undeterred by White House’s recent bitter remarks over financial allowance against Pakistan. Central Command chief Gen. Joseph Votel and Gen. Qamar Bajwa head of Pakistan’s army go on ‘continuous talk’ from last week since Trump announced to block the financial aid to Pakistan.

On Friday, Command spokesman Col. John in a statement to Reuters said, “we value mutual understanding of interests and concerns that we need to consider and might lead to a positive path forward” regarding a current position of relations between Pentagon and Islamabad.

His statement came days after Gen. Bajwa asserted that his entire nation felt betrayed by the United States recent statement and asserted that Islamabad will continue its efforts to eradicate terrorism without U.S. financial support.
Pakistan’s National Security Council members said that White House’s actions “were completely meaningless and full of insensitivity at the trust between two nations maintained overtimes and the truth of sacrifices made by Pakistan” to eradicate the extremism.
Reports say that Pakistan has barred intelligence sharing with the U.S. on military groups based in Pakistan, such as Tehrik-e-Taliban and the Haqqani Network. However Col. Thomas did not comment on any reports regarding the blockade of operations between two fellow nations.

The idea of command officials to hold military-to-military ties with Pakistan following White House’s sanctions is viewed as Pentagon endeavor to keep Islamabad from closing critical supply lines leading through the country and into Pakistan.

Recently U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Haley declared to hold back financial aid to Pakistan during the press briefing at U.N. headquarters in New York. While briefing the press Haley accused Islamabad of playing ” a double game for years” with America over its desirous support of Pakistani terror groups such as Haqqani Network.
“They work with us at times, and they also harbor the terrorists that attack our troops in Afghanistan,” she said.
U.S. President Donald Trump hinted out at Pakistan’ in New Year’s Day tweet’ saying the U.S had given $ 33 billion financial aid to Pakistan “foolishly” and got nothing in return but “lies and deceit” and alleging Islamabad of providing “safe haven to terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan.”

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