Pakistan army chief says nation felt 'betrayed' by U.S. criticism


Some U.S. and Afghan officials anxious that Pakistan would retaliate by no longer sharing intelligence or raising the costs for U.S. -led North Atlantic Treaty Organisation forces to use Pakistani air and land corridors into Afghanistan.

This is unedited, unformatted feed from the Press Trust of India wire.

He also told the American general that that the "entire Pakistani nation felt betrayed" over the United States statements, but insisted Pakistan would continue to support peace efforts in the region despite being made a "scapegoat".

The statement came after Trump froze up to $1.9 billion in funding to Pakistan, in a move created to force its military and intelligence apparatus to halt its support for the Afghan Taliban and other Islamist groups.

Bajwa made the comments to Votel earlier this week during a phone call, a spokesman for Pakistan's military said in a statement on Friday.

Votel also told Bajwa the "US is not contemplating any unilateral action inside Pakistan", it continued.

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"That was really a major impetus in suspending the security assistance to Pakistan because we feel they have not done all that they could to try to eliminate terrorist sanctuaries in Pakistan that are contributing to unrest in Afghanistan", Juster added.

General Bajwa categorically said that Pakistan would not seek resumption of aid but expet honorable recognition of the contributions, sacrifices and unwavering resolve in the fight against terrorism for peace and stability in the region.

Trump's tweet infuriated Pakistani officials and caught the rest of the U.S. administration off guard.

And in 2011, a secret American raid in the military garrison city of Abbottabad killed Al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden, the architect of the September 11, 2001 attacks on American cities that prompted the US-led invasion to topple the Taliban in Afghanistan.

Pakistan initially feared that Trump would launch a strike in Pakistan - similar to the 2011 raid to capture Osama bin Laden outside Islamabad - and put its forces on alert the day the aid suspension was announced.

However, the U.S. military is also concerned that the Pakistani army, which effectively runs foreign policy, might close the air and land corridors on which US-led troops and Afghan forces in landlocked Afghanistan depend for supplies.