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Khan said that Trump scapegoated Pakistan for the United States. -led coalition's failure to defeat the Taliban and bring peace to Afghanistan, and that "it was very insulting of him".

Khan added that he feels the United States has dishonored the Pakistani soldiers who have been killed fighting insurgents in its volatile tribal regions and the thousands of Pakistanis who have died in terror attacks.

Khan's Tehreek-e-Insaf (Movement for Justice) party rules Pakistan's Khyber Pukhtunkhwa (KPK) province, which borders Afghanistan, as part of a coalition government that includes the religious Jamaat-e-Islami party.

The Pakistani military in a statement said Gen. Votel apprised COAS about the USA 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.

In Washington, a senior State Department official expressed hope that the two countries would come to terms and that Pakistan would meet US requests for the handover of captured terrorism suspects. "I don't think we are going to get stability and security in Afghanistan if Pakistan does not contribute positively to that", Envoy Juster said, in his inaugural policy speech on US-India relations here.

The Pakistani statement on Friday did not directly refer to Trump's tweet.

According to the Pakistani military, the Chief of the Army Staff reiterated that Pakistan will not seek resumption of aid but expect honourable recognition of our contributions, sacrifices and unwavering resolve in fight against terrorism for peace and stability in the region.

The US won't conduct unilateral anti-terror operations in Pakistan depsite President Donald Trump suspending American military aid and criticising Islamabad for "lies and deceit", a top American military commander has assured the Army Chief, Gen Qamar Bajwa.

"(Bajwa) said that entire Pakistani nation felt betrayed over USA recent statements despite decades of cooperation", the army said, referring to the phone call between Bajwa and Votel.

Khan said Trump was using Pakistan as a scapegoat for the USA -led coalition's inability to defeat the Taliban and that his comments were "very insulting". Sharif's brother, Shahbaz, is also a potential candidate for the prime minister job.