Pakistan Urges US to Leave Afghanistan 'As Friend of the Region'

Pakistan Urges US to Leave Afghanistan 'As Friend of the Region'

Pakistan Urges US to Leave Afghanistan 'As Friend of the Region'

The prime minister said Pakistan is also in-touch with the Saudi and Iranian leadership to bring peace to strife hit Yemen by bringing all the parties concerned to the negotiating table.

Defending ties with Beijing, the PM said our relationship with China is not one-dimensional. "We would like a proper relationship with the USA", he said.

Is Zalmay Khalilzad, the United States special envoy for Afghanistan, laying a booby trap for Pakistan in the "Afghan reconciliation" project? Then, in 1989, when the Soviets packed up and left, the United States did too. He held the USA authorities and Afghan government responsible for failing to restore peace and stability across Afghanistan. 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?"

Pakistan wants "something done about the bombers of Mumbai", its Prime Minister Imran Khan has said while tacitly acknowledging that the attack of November 2008 originated from the Pakistani soil.

The comments come as Pakistan's army backed U.S. efforts for a political settlement with the Afghan Taliban to end 17 years of fighting.

After a year-long bumpy ride, relations between Pakistan and the U.S. began to witness a thaw after President Trump wrote a letter to Prime Minister Imran, seeking Pakistan's assistance in resolving the Afghan problem. "There were a lot of people in Pakistan who opposed it, including me", PM Imran Khan responded to the accusations. "If we had stayed neutral after 9/11, I reckon we would have saved ourselves from the devastation that took place afterward", he explained, adding that by becoming the "front-line state for the U.S. in the war on terror, this country went through hell".

On being asked about accusations by the USA that Pakistan was "harbouring" Taliban leaders, Khan said: "I have never understood these accusations".

"As I said our goal here grounded in the objective realities is that there needs to be a settlement that comes from within the society so that it is broadly accepted by the society and therefore has a good chance of being implemented", he said. "We raised money, but we are talking to the International Monetary Fund". "Pakistan has never made the structural changes that are needed".

Afghan Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani conceded that the security forces are sustaining many casualties, but he said they are increasingly successful in repelling enemy attack. "I would be on the opposite side of President Donald Trump in terms of economic policy, probably closer to Senator Bernie Sanders".

Bass, US Ambassador in Afghanistan, said the US is not engaged in peace talks with the Taliban and that their only redline is that the group has to talk to the Afghan government and the Afghan people.

"Our government's prime focus is uplifting the poor and giving due share to underprivileged areas of the country", said the premier. "Resolving that case is in our interest because it was an act of terrorism", the Pak PM had said.

"The ruling party [in India] has an anti-Muslim, anti-Pakistan approach", he pointed out. I don't think we have to get anymore statement from anybody.

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