Pak­istan only re­ceived re­im­burse­ment of ex­pen­di­tures from US: DG ISPR

The Miracle - - National & Int - Source:the­news.com.pk

RAWALPINDI: Pak­istan mil­i­tary, in re­sponse to US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s re­marks, has said that Pak­istan had re­ceived Coali­tion Sup­port Fund from the United States as ex­pen­di­tures for our mil­i­tary to sup­port Washington in its war against ter­ror in Afghanistan. Speak­ing with se­nior an­chor Hamid Mir in Geo News pro­gramme ‘Cap­i­tal Talk’, Di­rec­tor Gen­eral In­ter Ser­vices Public Re­la­tions Ma­jor Gen­eral Asif Ghafoor said, “Pak­istan re­ceived only $15-20 bil­lion in terms of Coali­tion Sup­port Fund, while the na­tional ex­che­quer in­curred $123 bil­lion in losses in mone­tary terms be­sides other sac­ri­fices to sup­port US op­er­a­tions in its war against ter­ror.” The mil­i­tary spokesman em­pha­sised as it is ev­i­dent by its name, Pak­istan re­ceived CSF as a re­im­burse­ment of its ex­pen­di­tures for op­er­a­tions that were car­ried out to sup­port United States in its war on ter­ror in Afghanistan, adding CSF was for Afghan war. The funds Pak­istan re­ceived were spent to sup­port US op­er­a­tions that were ini­ti­ated orig­i­nally by the US it­self. Ma­jor Gen­eral Asif Ghafoor said main ob­jec­tive of Pak­istan’s war is to res­tore peace in the re­gion, adding that Pak­istan en­gaged in this war not for money (aid) but for re­gional peace. He said that Pak­istan con­ducted op­er­a­tions in North Waziris­tan and also launched the opera- tion against Haqqani net­work un­der Zarb-eAzab. No re­sults are seen im­me­di­ately. DG ISPR said no one can dic­tate Pak­istan how to move for­ward. Pak­istan will never com­pro­mise on its prestige and in­tegrity, he as­serted. The spokesman said Pak­istan al­ways backed US, but on the con­trary, Washington never re­cip­ro­cated with the same ges­ture, be it is­sues with In­dia or elsewhere. He went on to say US should re­alise that the mis­un­der­stand­ings be­tween Is­lam­abad and Washington could neg­a­tively af­fect the se­cu­rity sit­u­a­tion in the re­gion, par­tic­u­larly in Afghanistan. Ma­jor Gen­eral Asif Ghafoor wel­comed for­mer prime min­is­ter Nawaz Sharif ’s state­ment on Trump’s re­marks.

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