Pakistan felt betrayed over recent US statements: Gen Bajwa

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RAWALPINDI: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa said that the entire Pakistani nation felt betrayed over recent US statements despite decades of cooperation following President Donald Trump’s tweet, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said in a statement on Friday.

In his New Year tweet, Trump had accused Pakistan of lies and deceit. “They give safe havens to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan, with little help. No more!” he tweeted.

Trump’s accusations heightened tensions between Pakistan and the US. The tensions resulted in suspension of military assistance to Pakistan, announced by Trump led US administration on January 5.

According to the ISPR, COAS received two phone calls from US Centcom Commander General Joseph Votel and one from a US senator over the week to discuss Pak-US security cooperation following the tweet.

General Votel apprised the army chief about the US decision regarding the US security assistance and coalition support fund.

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