Wednesday, 19 December, 2018

Imran Khan accuses Donald Trump of 'pushing Pakistan away'

Pakistan won't be treated like'hired gun anymore says PM Imran Pakistan Urges US to Leave Afghanistan 'As Friend of the Region'
Andrew Cummings | 08 December, 2018, 15:00

Prime Minister Imran Khan doesn't want Pakistan to be treated like a hired gun ever again.

Islamabad joined Washington's "war on terror" in 2001, and says it has paid a heavy price for the alliance, which sparked an Islamist backlash and homegrown militant groups who turned their guns on the Pakistani state, costing thousands of lives.

Some 14,000 US soldiers are now serving in Afghanistan, and McKenzie couldn't say how much longer the United States would remain in the country. Much hope has been heaped on a new effort led by the United States special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad, who has reportedly held talks with Taliban representatives on several occasions. The US has satellites and drones. "And yet Pakistan was asked to participate in the USA war", he said. "We want a similar relationship with the US", he said.

"We are not engaged in peace talks with the Taliban", he said.

Gen. Ghafoor again rejected allegations his country is allowing the Taliban to plan attacks inside Afghanistan.He said Pakistani security forces have eliminated all terrorist sanctuaries on their side and a military-led massive construction effort is now underway to fence off the almost 2,600 kilometer border with Afghanistan. In the 1980s, we collaborated with the USA in the Soviet jihad there. They said that we have time and time again asked the Americans, "Can you tell us where the sanctuaries are, and we will go after them?"

Bin Laden, the mastermind of the 9/11 terror attacks and the head of al Qaeda, was killed in 2011 during a raid by USA special forces on his compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan.

Speaking to the opening session of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation foreign ministers meeting on peace and war in Afghanistan in Brussels, Stoltenberg said that the alliance will continue its military and financial support to Afghanistan through to 2024 so that the country is prevented from becoming safe haven for terrorists. The US wants them to convince Taliban not to militarily overrun the country if the US pulls out.

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"If we left precipitously right now, I do not believe they (Afghan security forces) would be able to successfully defend their country".

Families of Taliban leaders and fighters are believed to be residing among among almost three million Afghan refugees Pakistan still hosts. "If we had stayed neutral after 9/11, I reckon we would have saved ourselves from the devastation". He said India "rebuffed all [his] overtures" because "the ruling party [the Bharatiya Janata Party] has an anti-Muslim, anti-Pakistan approach". "We'll see how they do in the first-generation phase of this winter", he said.

The prime minister earlier in a tweet had asked the U.S. government to reassess causes of their failures in Afghanistan instead of passing the blame on to Pakistan.

The diplomatic sources further said, "The letter will stress the need for improvement in trade and economic ties between the two countries".

"I had gone on television and warned everyone that we will stand by the Supreme Court verdict", he recalled.

He also said that the exports and remittances were going up, explaining that the investors were taking keen interest by coming to the country.

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