‘Pakistan seeks US trust, not financial assistance,’ Army Chief tells Hale

David Hale meets Pakistan's Army Chief

By Muhammad Luqman
US Ambassador to Pakistan David Hale met Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Bajwa and briefed him on President Donald Trump’s retooled Afghan policy, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said in a statement.
Hale said Washington sought cooperation from Pakistan in its 16-year war in Afghanistan. “US values Pakistan’s role in the war against terror,” he added.
General Bajwa, underlining Afghanistan’s importance for Pakistan, reiterated the country’s efforts for peace and stability in the war-torn region.
“(We) shall keep on doing our best, not to appease anyone, but in line with our national interest and national policy,” he said.
The Army chief added that Pakistan wanted the United States to acknowledge the country’s contributions towards the peace initiative.
“We are not looking for any material or financial assistance from the US but trust, understanding and acknowledgment for our contributions.”


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