No US unilateral anti-terror action; Pakistan assured

'Betrayed' Pakistan army chief won't ask for further US aid

Since Trump took office, there have been several drone strikes in Pakistan's border region but they have not so far gone deeper into Pakistani territory, though Islamabad believes that is on a menu of punitive actions the United States administration is considering. He did not say when it occurred.

The army chief was contacted by Centcom Commander Gen Joseph Votel last week and an unnamed Senator to defuse tensions after Trump's New Year Day hostile tweet accusing Pakistan of lying and being deceitful towards the US.

A senior Trump administration official has said the U.S. is developing risk mitigation plan, given the past experience that Pakistan blocks ground lines of communication as retaliatory measure. Bajwa also said Pakistan is being treated badly by the U.S. "despite decades of cooperation,"Sputnik News reports". Bajwa assured Votel that Pakistan would continue to follow through with its counter-terrorism plans without U.S. financial support, according to AP.

Of course, Pakistan might ultimately be bluffing, but its best bet is nevertheless to play the Afghan card in one capacity or another as an asymmetrical response to the US.

"[The army chief] reiterated that Pakistan will not seek resumption of [U.S.] aid but expects honorable recognition of our contributions, sacrifices and unwavering resolve in the fight against terrorism for peace and stability in the region".

The US military's Central Command did not comment on the content of their conversation.

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The Pakistani military said both Votel and an unnamed U.S. senator phoned Bajwa to discuss security cooperation "over the week".

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

Islamabad denies USA allegations of harboring insurgent bases and cites its "unprecedented" gains against terrorist groups on Pakistan soil, resulting in improved national security.

It also ignited speculation that the USA could resume drone strikes or launch operations along Pakistan's border with Afghanistan, where militant groups once operated with impunity.

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.

USA airstrikes accidentally hit Pakistani border posts in 2011, prompting the country to close the supply lines for months.

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