Pakistan army powerful without US aid, says DG ISPR

RAWALPINDI: Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Director General (DG) Major General Asif Ghafoor Bajwa on Friday has said that Pakistan army doesn’t need US aid as country never fought for money.


“Suspension of US assistance will impact bilateral security cooperation and regional peace efforts but will not deter our resolve to fight terrorism,” said Ghafoor in an interview to Voice of America (VOA).

He further added that the Pakistan Army has indiscriminately taken action against terrorists, including the Haqqani network.

“There are no ‘safe havens’ of terrorists inside Pakistan,” he sustained.

The spokesperson said that Pakistan shall continue its sincere efforts in best interest of Pakistan and peace.

In a Twitter post on the first day of 2018, US President Donald Trump had accused Pakistan of ‘lying and deceit’ and providing safe havens to terrorists despite taking over $33 billion in aid.

The US earlier announced that it was withholding $255 million in aid to Islamabad.

“Today we can confirm that we are suspending security assistance only to Pakistan at this time,” State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert announced at a press briefing on Thursday.

Earlier this week, a high-level huddle of the Pakistani civil-military leadership expressed disappointment over the US president’s anti-Pakistan statement.


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