Pakistan will no longer fight someone else’s war, says Imran Khan

Pakistan will no longer fight someone else’s war, says Imran Khan

Pakistan will no longer fight someone else’s war, says Imran Khan

Khan also expressed hope that Islamabad and New Delhi would resume talks after the General Elections in India next summer.

"Thanks (God) that today, the same people who were asking to do more are now asking us to help them in Afghanistan, to establish peace and to negotiate", he said.

Nevertheless, he did not discount the possibility that Afghan Taliban jihadis are freely moving across the Afghanistan-Pakistan border. We should never put ourselves in this position again.

U.S. forces must remain in the bogged-down Afghanistan campaign, or terrorists might get back on their feet and launch another 9/11-scale attack on American people, General Dunford, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said.

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

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. Putting pressure on the Taliban is easier said than done.

Pakistan on Friday made a decision to respond to US President Donald Trump's letter to Prime Minister Imran Khan.

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Khan - who also reiterated his backing for a recent push by the USA for talks with the Taliban in Afghanistan - said in a televised address that he wants Pakistan to move forward with "honour". "That is how as much as we can we will facilitate", the spokesman explained when asked what Pakistan could do to nudge the insurgents to engage in peace negotiations.

"I do believe that any solution in Afghanistan is going to require the assistance of Pakistan".

"If we left precipitously right now, I do not believe they (Afghan security forces) would be able to successfully defend their country". Now I'm happy that everyone realizes there is only a political solution. "We do not want to have conditions imposed on us which would cause more unemployment and inflation", he explained. Now, after releasing three Taliban veterans, and having received Khalilzad at the highest level indicates Pakistani leaders are again positioning themselves for a "bigger" role in the Afghan reconciliation.

If Pakistan had stayed neutral after the September 2001 terror attack in the United States, Pakistan would have saved itself from devastation, Khan said. In his first interview to foreign media, PM Khan had said that he has asked his government to find out the status of the case.

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

It is in Pakistan's long-term interest to have a government in Afghanistan that is stable, and that that they can do business with, he said. "I think the task that we have is to make it attractive to them so that they see that it is in their best interest to do that", McKenzie said.

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