Pakistan army chief says nation felt 'betrayed' by USA criticism

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Referring to Trump's New Year's Day tweet accusing Islamabad of "lies and deceit" in the war against terrorism, Khan said that the U.S. president scapegoated Pakistan for the US-led coalition's failure to defeat the Taliban and bring peace to Afghanistan, and that "it was very insulting of him".

In a telling sign of his priorities for the year, Trump's first foreign policy tweet of 2018 slammed Pakistan and was soon thereafter followed up by the suspension of an estimated $900 million of military aid to the South Asian state.

In the weeks since the Trump administration withheld almost $1 billion in security aid for Pakistan, Washington and Islamabad officials have been working to patch things up and avert a risky deterioration in their often troubled relations. In response, the Pakistani Foreign Minister stated that his country was no longer in an alliance with the USA and said that its partner was treating it as a "whipping boy" for its failure in Afghanistan, powerfully remarking that America is "a friend who always betrays".

The spokesman said that during the conversation with Votel, General Bajwa noted Pakistan was fully aware of US concerns about the activities of Afghan nationals in Pakistan and that steps were being taken to counter them. There has been speculation the US military might undertake drone strikes deep inside Pakistan to target suspected hideouts of the Taliban and the allied Haqqani network.

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. "We value mutual understanding of interests and concerns that we need to consider that might lead to a positive path forward".

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Trump accused Pakistan of doing nothing to assist in the USA -led war effort in neighboring Afghanistan and of not cracking down on militants that attack US and Afghan forces across the border.

Trump has been less charitable towards Pakistan.

"Pakistan had nothing to do with it", he said, adding that he supported co-operation with the USA but not co-opting Pakistan's military into a ground battle with its own people in the tribal regions that border Afghanistan.

US military leaders are continuing to maintain close with their counterparts in despite the White House's latest round of harsh economic sanctions against the South Asian nation.

However, the United States 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.

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