ISLAMABAD - Defence Minister Khurram Dastagir on Friday said that the country does not want to escalate the current situation and added that Pakistan’s cooperation with the US will remain. 

Talking to a private TV channel on Friday, Dastagir said the ties are in a state of “cold peace” and regretted the use of such language by Trump. “You do not use such language with allies.”

Elaborating on US aid to Pakistan, the defence minister said that facts need to be put forward first and added that, according to US statistics, military aid to Pakistan has reduced by 62 percent from its peak and Coalition Support Funds have reduced by the same number.

He added that economic aid has also reduced by 73pc. The defence minister maintained that the reduction in US aid will not have a significant effect on the country. Dastagir also said that the finance ministry is preparing a paper and there would be complete accountability regarding the amount of aid received and used by Pakistan over the course of the war on terror. He said, according to initial estimates, the US owes Pakistan $10 billion for services rendered during the period. Dastagir lamented that the US has even included funds which were given for anti-narcotics effort and which were not related to the war on terror.

Reiterating the losses Pakistan has suffered and the sacrifices the country has given during the war, the defence minister said the price of liberty is eternal vigilance.

He added that the country and its armed forces learned their lesson after the Osama bin Laden raid and the armed forces are well trained and alert. 

“This is not Salala and bin Laden’s Pakistan, this is Pakistan after Operation Zarb-e-Azb and Radd-ul-Fasaad,” said Dastagir. He also said the objective is to restore peace in Afghanistan and added that the US had asked for an operation in North Waziristan, which was conducted after capacity building.