No unilateral action will be taken on your territory: U.S. assures Pakistan

Pakistan Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa Friday told a United States military commander that "entire Pakistani nation felt betrayed over US recent statements despite decades of cooperation", the military said.

The Pakistani military in a statement said Gen. Votel apprised COAS about the U.S. decision regarding Security Assistance and Coalition Support Fund and said that USA values Pakistan's role towards war on terror and expected that on-going turbulence remains a temporary phase.

United States Ambassador to India Kenneth Juster on Thursday underscored that Islamabad's "positive" contribution is imperative for the stability and security in Afghanistan.

Earlier this month, the Trump administration announced that it would withhold security assistance to Pakistan, including reimbursement for expenses incurred by Pakistan in the fight against terrorism, accusing Islamabad of not being fully cooperative in its dealing with terrorist groups. "We're hopeful for future cooperation from Pakistan", Steve Goldstein, US Under Secretary of State said in a statement.

Also in question is nearly $1 billion of U.S. military equipment that has allowed Pakistan access to advanced military technology.

In his New Year tweet, Trump had accused Pakistan of lies and deceit.

The Pakistani statement on Friday did not directly refer to Trump's tweet. Bajwa assured Votel that Pakistan would continue to follow through with its counter-terrorism plans without USA financial support, according to AP.

The US military's Central Command did not comment on the content of their conversation. But a Pakistani official who spoke on condition of anonymity said the government had breathed "a sigh of relief" as their US counterparts played down Trump's comments.

Votel also told Bajwa the "US is not contemplating any unilateral action inside Pakistan", it continued.

"Pakistan had nothing to do with it", he said, adding that he supported co-operation with the USA but not co-opting Pakistan's military into a ground battle with its own people in the tribal regions that border Afghanistan.

In 2016, a United States drone killed the then-leader of the Taliban, Mullah Akhtar Mansour, in the southwestern province of Balochistan, prompting protests from Islamabad of a violation of sovereignty.

The FO spokesman's statement had spurred speculation that the military was in secret talks with the US.

Should he become the prime minister, PTI chief said "yes we would talk", referring to Trump, but added that the U.S. dishonours the memory of thousands of Pakistani soldiers who died battling militants, as well as that of tens of thousands of Pakistanis who died in terrorist attacks.

Vanessa Coleman