ISLAMABAD - The military said Friday that the suspension of US assistance will undermine bilateral security cooperation and regional peace efforts but will not deter the Pakistan's counterterrorism resolve.

“Pakistan never fought for money but for peace,” Army spokesman Major-General Asif Ghafoor told VOA.

“Suspension of security assistance will not affect Pakistan’s resolve to fight terrorism; however, it for sure will have an impact on Pakistan-US security cooperation and efforts towards regional peace,” noted General Ghafoor.

Military-led counterterrorism operations, he added, have targeted terrorists “indiscriminately,” including Haqqanis at a “heavy cost of blood and treasure.” There are no more “organised” terrorist sanctuaries inside Pakistan, Ghafoor maintained.

“Casting doubts on our will is not good to our common objective of moving toward enduring peace and stability. Pakistan shall continue its sincere efforts in best interest of Pakistan and peace,” the spokesman said.

Ghafoor said Pakistan will not compromise on its national dignity.

Critics in the United States are questioning the Trump administration’s move to cut security assistance to Pakistan. Former State Department official Shamila Chaudhry notes the security assistance to Pakistan directly pays for sales of US military equipment, training of the Pakistani military and indirectly for moving material for US and NATO forces in Afghanistan through Pakistani air and ground routes.

“Does US still need Pakistani routes for war in Afghanistan?” Chaudhry asked in comments she posted on her official Twitter account.

She went on to recall that when Pakistan closed the communication lines in the past, the US used routes known as the “Northern Distribution Network — but ultimately it was too expensive & involved dealing with a difficult Russia.”

Chaudhry apparently was referring to the months-long closure by Pakistan of NATO supply lines in 2011 in reaction to US airstrikes that mistakenly hit and killed 24 Pakistani border forces.

Islamabad restored the supply lines only after Washington submitted a formal apology.