Islamabad: Despite the suspension of military aid to Pakistan by the United States, no unilateral action will be taken on it’s territory, an assurance extended to Pak Army chief Gen Qamar Bajwa during his telephonic conversation with Centcom Commander Gen Joseph Votel last week.
Military’s public affairs division of Pakistan Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) on Friday released the details of Gen Bajwa’s recent contacts with the US leaders. The army chief, it is said, was contacted by Gen Votel and an unnamed senator to defuse tensions after President Donald Trump’s New Year Day tweet accusing Pakistan of lying and being deceitful towards the US, reported the Dawn.
The calls, according to the ISPR, were for discussing “Pak-US security cooperation post President Trump’s tweet”.
Foreign Office spokesman Dr Muhammad Faisal had a day earlier informed journalists at his weekly media briefing that Pakistan and the US were communicating “with each other on various issues of mutual interest at different levels”.
The FO spokesman’s statement had spurred speculation that the military was in secret talks with the US. The ISPR statement on the conversations that Gen Bajwa had with Gen Votel and the US senator was, therefore, aimed at quelling the rumours.