The diplomatic tussle between US and Pakistan has been continuing for last several weeks. After suspending military aid, United States has assured Pakistan that no unilateral action on its territory is being planned.
According to Dawn, this was conveyed to Islamabad by Centcom Commander Gen Joseph Votel in a telephonic conversation to Pakistan’s army chief Gen Qamar Bajwa last week.
On Friday, Military’s public affairs division Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR released the details of saying that Gen Bajwa was contacted by Gen Votel and an unnamed senator to defuse tensions after President Donald Trump’s New Year tweet accusing Pakistan of lying and being deceitful towards the US.
Gen Joseph Votel ssured Pakistan’s Gen Bajwa that the problems in ties between the two countries were temporary; there would be no unilateral action and US wanted cooperation from Islamabad on areas of its concern.
The Dawn says that possibility of a unilateral action was key concern in Islamabad after a Pentagon report on Afghanistan last month mentioned “unilateral steps in areas of divergence”.
The ISPR released the detail after Foreign Office spokesman Dr Muhammad Faisal 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”.
His statement had triggered speculation of discreet contacts with US. The ISPR statement is therefore considered to be aimed at quelling the speculations.