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Second, realistically speaking, the elites of Pakistan, who are a major beneficiary of American aid and assistance, are not capable of withstanding the U.S. pressure.

Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa reportedly received the call from the Commander US Central Command (Centcom), General Joseph L. Votel and another a US Senator to discuss Pak-US security cooperation. A civilian leadership that can enrich Pakistan through global commerce might develop more throw weight in relation to the military, and thus be in a better position to decrease support for proxy militants, thaw relations with India, and slow the growth of Pakistan's nuclear weapons program. The tensions resulted in suspension of military assistance to Pakistan, announced by Trump led USA administration on January 5. The Afghan Foreign Ministry has welcomed Trump's measures against Pakistan whereas Indian reaction is not hard to gauge.

For his part Bajwa told Votel that the "entire Pakistani nation felt betrayed" over the U.S. statements, but insisted Pakistan would continue to support peace efforts in the region despite being made a "scapegoat". Trump also accused Pakistan of providing safe haven to terrorists.

"We have to track down and eliminate that unseen enemy", he added.

How Pakistan can overcome its prevailing predicament following the January 1 act of the US President Donald Trump?

"[Pakistan has] given us nothing but lies & deceit, thinking of our leaders as fools", he said. Following the overt USA threats of facing serious consequences if Islamabad fails to take action against what it calls "safe heavens" of terrorist groups, Pakistan is walking on a tight rope.

It said Bajwa, however, assured Votel that Pakistan would continue its counter-terrorism efforts even without USA financial support in accordance with the Islamic nation's security interests.

State department official expects Pakistan to 'do the right thing and turn over terrorists and honour its.

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General Votel apprised the army chief about the U.S. decision regarding the USA security assistance and coalition support fund. So far, Pakistan has not done so.

But Pakistan "has not yet come forward", he added.

COAS said that Pakistan has suffered hugely due to great power contestation in the region.

Some news reports have suggested the United States had asked for the custody of a Haqqani Network terrorist Pakistan had captured during the purported rescue of an American-Canadian family held captive by the outfit for five years.

Second, suspending security assistance will not induce any change in the Pakistani military's relationship with its proxy militants, but it does deliver a clear signal of our extreme condemnation of Pakistan's behavior.

Gen Bajwa said that Pakistan has suffered enough over the great power congestion in the region and is aware of United States concerns on activities of Afghan nationals in Pakistan. "Pakistan, with significantly less resources achieved what the security forces in Afghanistan couldn't with all of their resources", he said. "When that withdrawal happens- and it will one day- Afghanistan could experience rampant destabilisation, and Pakistan will want to retain ties to the most powerful non-state actors in Afghanistan". On Friday, the Foreign Office said that attackers involved in a suicide bombing in the southwestern city of Quetta on Tuesday were "traced back to Afghanistan". "This problem is on both sides". In this phase, we are fighting an enemy which is not seen.

"Pakistan may push some of these fighters out quietly, but it won't accept it publicly", he said. Relations between both the countries have continued to fray since the new U.S. administration came into power. We have to find common ground. In this cloudy horizon a multimillion dollar question continually remains unanswered: is Pakistan still struggling to cope up with the consequences of the United States policies in the region?

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