Don’t want financial assistance from US: COAS

RAWALPINDI: Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Wednesday met with American Ambassador to Pakistan David Hale here at General Headquarters (GHQ).


While speaking to US Ambassador, COAS said Pakistan is not looking for any material or financial assistance from USA but trust, understanding and acknowledgement of our contributions.

The meeting comes a day after US President Donald Trump announced his policy for South Asian region.

In his speech, Trump said his country could no longer be silent about Pakistan’s ‘safe havens’ for militants and warned it had much to lose by continuing to ‘harbor terrorists’.

According to the ISPR, the US ambassador briefed the army chief about the new US policy regarding Afghanistan.

The ambassador said that US values Pakistan’s role in the war against terror and is seeking cooperation from Pakistan to resolve the Afghan issue.

Speaking on this occasion, COAS said peace in Afghanistan is as important for Pakistan as for any other 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.”

Trump committed on Monday the United States to an open-ended conflict in Afghanistan, signaling he would dispatch more troops to America’s longest war and vowing ‘a fight to win’.

Trump insisted that others – the Afghan government, Pakistan, India and NATO allies – step up their own commitment to resolving the 16-year conflict, but he saved his sharpest words for Pakistan.

Senior US officials warned security assistance for Pakistan could be reduced unless the nuclear-armed nation cooperated more in preventing militants from using safe havens on its soil.