RAWALPINDI – Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa has urged the United States to acknowledge the sacrifices made by Pakistan in the war against terrorism, according to the Inter Services Public Relations.
In a meeting with US Ambassador to Pakistan David Hale, who called on him on Wednesday, the army chief said Pakistan has sacrificed a lot in the war against terrorism.
“We are not looking for any material or financial assistance from US but trust, understanding and acknowledgment of our contributions.
“Collaboration and synergy of effort all stakeholders is the key to success to bring this long drawn war in Afghanistan to its logical conclusion,” the army chief added.
Peace in Afghanistan is in the national interest of Pakistan, Gen Bajwa told the American envoy, adding that the stability in the war-torn country is as important 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.”
Matters of professional interest with special focus on security situation in Afghanistan were discussed during the meeting about new US policy, the ISPR statement added.
The COAS highlighted the importance Pakistan accorded to its relations with US, particularly security cooperation and efforts towards regional stability. “Pakistan has undertaken operations against terrorists of all hue and colour,” he said.
The ambassador said that US values Pakistan’s role in the war against terror and seeks cooperation from Pakistan to resolve the Afghan issue.
The meeting follows US President Donald Trump’s first formal address to the nation as commander-in-chief in which he unveiled new Afghan war strategy.
Pillorying ally Pakistan for harbouring “agents of chaos, violence, and terror” the tycoon-turned-president clarified to increase pressure on the country to stop any re-emergence of safe havens in order to gain regional peace, besides announcing increase of US troops in Afghanistan.
While Trump insisted on “putting pressure on Pakistan”, US State Secretary Rex Tillerson said “Pakistan has suffered greatly from terrorism and can be an important partner in our shared goals of peace and stability.”