Unhappy Pakistan reiterates no need to US dollars

Islamabad, Aug 24, IRNA – Pakistan Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa reiterated that his country does not need the US financial assistance, but wants it to recognize and respect Pakistan's contributions in war against terrorism.

According to a statement of army media wing Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Army Chief said this during a meeting with US Ambassador to Pakistan David Hale.

'We are not looking for any material or financial assistance from USA but trust, understanding and acknowledgement of our contributions,” said the army chief.

He said that peace in Afghanistan is important for Pakistan as for any country.

“We have done a lot towards that end and shall keep on doing our best, not to appease anyone but in line with our national interest and national policy,” he maintained.

The army chief of Pakistan added that collaboration and synergy between all stakeholders is the key to success to bring this long drawn war in Afghanistan to its logical conclusion.

The statement said that the US ambassador told army chief that his country values Pakistan’s role in war against terrorism and is seeking cooperation from Pakistan to resolve the Afghan issue.

Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif in his response to President Donald Trump's new US policy on South Asia and Afghanistan said that Pakistan doesn’t need financial assistance from US.

“We have fought war against terrorism with our own resources in which our thousands of soldiers lost their lives, the statement of President Trump is very painful to us,” he said.

Earlier Unveiling the US new Afghanistan and South Asia strategy, US President Donald Trump questioned Pakistan’s role in dealing with certain militant outfits, particularly the Afghan Taliban and its affiliated group, the Haqqani network.