ISLAMABAD: After China and Russia now Turkey has also assured Pakistan of full support in the backdrop of the threatening tweet by the US President Donald Trump.
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has called the president of Pakistan Mamnoon Hussain and assured him of full support to Pakistan.
Earlier Director-General (DG) Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Major General Asif Ghafoor on Wednesday said no amount of coercion can dictate Pakistan on how to continue.
In an interview with private news channel, DG ISPR said that 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 and dignity.”
In response to a question regarding the anti-Pakistan statements from the US and the country not willing to consider Pakistan as a friend and ally, Ghafoor said that Pakistan continues to consider the US an ally.
“As far as Pakistan is concerned, we consider them as allies. Our relationship has had its ups and downs but still, we are friends,” Major General Ghafoor said.
He added that Pakistan and the US 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.
Pakistan fought the war against terrorism and deployed its forces on the border, said DG ISPR, adding that the Pakistani forces conducted operations against the Haqqani network and in North Waziristan but the effects will be visible in due course of time.
“Effects of these operations cannot be visible immediately,” he said. “Only time will show how effective these operations were [in establishing peace within the region].”
In regards to the double-game accusation, the military spokesperson said that the two countries are allies and Pakistan has supported the US.