Imran Khan accuses Donald Trump of 'pushing Pakistan away'

Governance & Politics

Governance & Politics

"They are fighting hard, but their losses are not going to be sustainable" unless measures are taken to "correct" recruiting and training issues, Lieutenant-General Kenneth McKenzie, who has been nominated to lead the US military's Central Command that oversees wars in the Middle East and Afghanistan, said on December 4.

"We need peace in Afghanistan but Pakistan will not fight others' war [in the neighbouring country]", the prime minister said while addressing a group of students, hailing from Balochistan, at PM Office on Friday. He said peace in Afghanistan is in Pakistan's interest, so his government will do "everything" to help.

Meanwhile, some of Afghanistan's mainstream political parties on Thursday said they have established independent peace negotiating teams to talk to the Taliban.

He said Iranian Foreign Minister Jawwad Zarif also paid a visit to Islamabad and discussed the modalities for Yemen peace process.

Trump sent the letter days after accusing Pakistan of "doing nothing" to combat terrorist groups, triggering a spat with PM Khan.

He further asserted that "if there are a few hundred, maybe 2,000 to 3,000 Taliban who move into Pakistan, they could easily move into these Afghan refugee camps".

"We are hopefully at a pre-negotiation stage, and there are some elements trying to improve their bargaining position by trying to make military progress", he said.

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Alluding to Pakistan's involvement in Afghanistan during the Cold War on behalf of the US, Khan said, he will not allow Pakistan to be used as Washington's hired gun anymore.

The Trump administration, in the recent months, has intensified its efforts to seek a negotiated settlement of America's longest war in Afghanistan where the U.S. has lost over 2,400 soldiers since late 2001, when it invaded the country after the 9/11 terror attacks.

The Trump administration has suspended hundreds of millions in funding for Pakistan over Islamabad's refusal to take decisive action against terrorist groups orchestrating attacks against US troops in Afghanistan from Pakistani soil. "I have been saying for past many years that war is no solution to Afghanistan's problem and now it has also been realised by the USA", he added. These people crossing would be seen. Putting pressure on the Taliban is easier said than done.

During last month's exchange with Mr Trump, the Pakistani leader said his country had suffered 75,000 casualties and lost $123bn (£95.7bn) during America's so-called war on terror despite no one from his country being involved in the 9/11 attacks. And yet Pakistan was asked to participate in the United States war. "It cared for the underprivileged, for the people who can't compete in the race".

"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.

In a separate meeting, the prime minister was briefed by federal Minister for Water Resources Faisal Vawda and Water and Power Development Authority chairman retired lieutenant general Muzammil Hussain about water crisis and the measures being taken to overcome water shortage in the country. He said he hopes that after the elections Pakistan can resume talks with India. "If you don't stand by what the Supreme Court says, then there's no state left".

He maintained that he wanted the case of the Mumbai attacks to be resolved, adding that he has "asked our government to find out the status of the case".

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