Islamabad (January 02, 2018): The civil-military leadership responding to US President Donald Trump allegations said that Pakistan has conducted unbiased operation against terrorists without making any difference among them as Pakistan has the unequivocal pledge for the dispensation of durable peace in the region.
The high-level huddle of the country’s civilian and military leadership came after US President Donald Trump’s tweet and threat to cut Pakistan’s aid.
This was stated in a declaration issued at the end of the high level civil-military National Security Meeting (NSC) presided over by the Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and attended by the top brass of military including chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa and civil leadership.
The forum stated that Pakistan has fought against terror with unflinching resolve and action was taken against all militant organisations.The meeting discussed the way forward in the wake of US President Donald Trump’s recent anti Pakistan remarks.
“Pakistan has rendered numerous sacrifices in war against terrorism and ranked second on the countries list who are most effected from terrorism. The Pakistan’ all out efforts against terrorism had already been acknowledged by world,” it stated. The communiqué mentioned that Pakistan has cost dollar 123 billion dollars in war against terrorism and 50000 Pakistan lost their lives in the way.”
Sources said it was also decided during the NSC meeting to summon a parliamentary meeting to discuss the anti-Pakistan statement by Trump and take the parliamentary leaders into confidence over Pakistan’s response.The meeting was lasted about three hours and issues related to Trump statement and national security were discussed in details. Pakistan’s Ambassador the United States, Aizaz Chaudhry also attended the NSC meeting.
Earlier, Corps Commanders’ Conference held at GHQ Rawalpindi today hours before National Security Committee meeting in Islamabad.
Corps Commanders’ Conference held at GHQ. Evolving geo-strategic environment and internal security situation reviewed. Forum also discussed input for NSC meeting scheduled later today. pic.twitter.com/rwNd96L4VT
— Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor (@OfficialDGISPR) January 2, 2018
Evolving geo-strategic environment and internal security situation reviewed. Forum also discussed input for NSC meeting scheduled later today.
The cabinet meeting was scheduled on Tuesday and National Security Meeting was scheduled on Wednesday, however Federal Cabinet meeting date and time was changed from Tuesday to Wednesday. On the other hand, NSC, which was earlier scheduled on Wednesday, has been rescheduled for today.
The top civilian and military leadership of the country will attend the meeting.
The United States has foolishly given Pakistan more than 33 billion dollars in aid over the last 15 years, and they have given us nothing but lies & deceit, thinking of our leaders as fools. They give safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan, with little help. No more!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 1, 2018
Earlier, United States (US) President Donald Trump on Monday began his new year by accusing Pakistan of giving Washington “nothing but lies and deceit”.
The US president tweeted that Islamabad thinks of US leaders “As Fools”.He said Washington had “foolishly given Pakistan more than $33 billion in aid over the last 15 years.”
The US president’s latest tweet follows in the aftermath of an increasingly tense back-and-forth between Washington and Islamabad after Trump announced the administration’s latest national security strategy.
On Monday, Pakistan’s Foreign Office summoned US Ambassador David Hale to record a protest over President Trump’s tweet.
Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif, in a reply to the US president’s tweet, said Pakistan will let the world know the truth and will be responding to Trump’s tweet. He added that there is a difference between facts and fiction.