USA assures Pakistan of no unilateral military action

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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 unsafe deterioration in their often troubled relations.

"That was really a major impetus in suspending the security assistance to Pakistan because we feel they have not done all that they could to try to eliminate terrorist sanctuaries in Pakistan that are contributing to unrest in Afghanistan", Juster added.

In a press briefing, Khan said he has been a staunch opponent of Pakistan's participation in the war on terror since it began in 2001 following the 9/11 attacks on the US.

Pakistan's army chief told a top US general the nation "felt betrayed" by criticism that it was not doing enough to fight terrorism, the Pakistani military said on Friday, after US President Donald Trump accused Pakistan of "lies and deceit". He also conveyed Gen. Bajwa that U.S. was not contemplating any unilateral action inside Pakistan but was seeking cooperation to tackle Afghan nationals who, in United States view, used Pakistan's soil against Afghanistan.

It merits mentioning here that ties between Pakistan and the USA worsened after Trump on January 1, in his first tweet of 2018, said that Washington has got nothing but "lies and deceit" from Pakistan despite providing it more than $33 billion in aid since 2002. "No more!" he wrote in his New Year's Day tweet, referring to Pakistan.

"U.S. Central Command is in continuous communication with the Pakistan military, including recurring conversations between General Votel and Pakistan Chief of Army Staff Bajwa", a statement said.

A top American general has told Pakistan's army chief the USA military does not intend to conduct any unilateral strikes inside the country and both sides emphasized the need for continued cooperation to fight terrorism, an official announcement said Friday.

And in 2011, a secret American raid in the military garrison city of Abbottabad killed Al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden, the architect of the September 11, 2001 attacks on American cities that prompted the US-led invasion to topple the Taliban in Afghanistan.

The US is developing risk communication plans to access landlocked, which is now dependent on Pakistan, a official has said.The decision comes after relationship between the US and Pakistan nosedived as a result of administration's decision to suspend approximately $2 billion in security assistance as was not willing to take decisive actions against terror groups operating from its territory.

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