No amount of coercion can dictate Pakistan: DG ISPR

Director-General (DG) Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Major General Asif Ghafoor on Wednesday said no amount of coercion can dictate Pakistan how to continue.
“No amount of coercion can dictate us how to continue”, “We wish to move forward through cooperative engagement but we will not compromise on self-respect.”
In response to a question about the tough statements from the US and the country not willing to consider Pakistan a friend and ally, the DG ISPR said that Pakistan continues to consider the US an ally.
“As far as Pakistan is concerned, we consider them allies. Our relationship has had its ups and downs but still, we are friends,” Major General Ghafoor said.
He continued to say that Pakistan and the United States have a history of cooperation.
“We had a choice at one point of time when we could have opted for the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) but we preferred the US instead,” he said.
In regards to the double-game accusation, the military spokesperson said that the two countries are allies and Pakistan has supported the US.
“We have a very long list of occasions when we cooperated with the US but on the other hand, there were many times when the US didn’t support us,” said the DG ISPR. “Our relationship has had its ups and downs but we continue to be friends.”
Major General Ghafoor emphasised that the US had only reimbursed the expenditure Pakistan had incurred in the war against terrorism in Afghanistan.
“The Coalition Support Fund, as evident by its name, was received as a reimbursement for operations that were carried out to support the US,” he said.