Pakistan abandons Iran and extends tacit support to the United States for air strikes to resume military cooperation: report

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has extended tacit support to the United States on its action against Iran earlier this week in exchange for the resumption of military cooperation with Washington, in a measure that led the latter to authorize the reestablishment of a training and education program military who had been suspended for two years.

Citing sources of intelligence, Asian Lite reported that Islamabad, who blamed the commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, Major General Qassem Soleimani, for Baloch's militant attacks on his forces, found the opportunity to kill two birds with one stone when Washington sought support after the air strikes nearby. Baghdad International Airport

It may be noted that the Washington's announcement to authorise the resumption of International Military Education and Training (IMET) for strengthening "military to military cooperation on shared priorities and advance US national security" came hours after US secretary of state michael pompeo spoke to Pakistan chief of army staff (COAS) in the aftermath of the airstrike.

" Pakistan 's Chief of Staff General Bajwa and I spoke today about US defensive action to kill Qassem Soleimani. The Iran regime's actions in the region are destabilising and our resolve in protecting American interests, personnel, facilities, and partners will not waver," Pompeo had tweeted.

Pakistan has remained conspicuous by its silence over the US airstrikes and subsequent escalation of tensions between Washington and Tehran.

Citing a leaked letter of Pakistan foreign ministry, The Asian Lite report further asserted that as many as 14 members of were killed recently by "Baloch militants" based in Iran. It was one of the several attacks sponsored by Iranian intelligence chief Soleimani against Pakistan .

The IMET programme was frozen for Pakistan by the Trump Administration two years ago due to Islamabad's lack of action against terror groups.

It should be noted that the state department administers IMET, a program that offers spaces for foreign military officers in US military education institutions. UU., As the US Army War College and the US. UU.

Pakistan -based The News International has reported a State Department spokeswoman as saying that the programme "provides an opportunity to increase bilateral cooperation between our countries on shared priorities... We want to continue to build on this foundation through concrete actions that advance regional security and stability."

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