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Imran Khan: Pakistan will no longer be America's hired gun

08 December 2018
Imran Khan: Pakistan will no longer be America's hired gun

He said he hopes that after the elections Pakistan can resume talks with India.

Prime Minister Imran Khan also regretted that his government's repeated overtures for peaceful negotiations with New Delhi had been turned down.

"The last thing we want is to have chaos in Afghanistan".

Khan hit back by saying the United States should not blame Pakistan for its failings in Afghanistan. Our border between Pakistan and Afghanistan has the greatest amount of surveillance. We should never put ourselves in this position again.

Meeting in Brussels, NATO's foreign ministers have reaffirmed their countries' commitment to Afghanistan's "long-term security and stability" despite mounting Afghan casualties in the 17-year conflict. "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 USA in the war on terror, this country went through hell".

"In the letter, the President recognises that Pakistan has the ability to deny the Taliban sanctuary on its territory", the spokesperson said.

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

"We have seen some encouraging signs", he added he recalled the ceasefire between Afghan government and the Taliban this year.

On Wednesday, he met with a USA peace envoy in Islamabad and pledged to help find a political solution to the long-running war. "We do not want to have conditions imposed on us which would cause more unemployment and inflation", he explained.

The US has basically pushed Pakistan away, he told the newspaper.

Earlier in November, US President Donald Trump and Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan engaged in a heated exchange on Twitter over bilateral relations.

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.

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

"We have 2.7 million Afghan refugees".

"The ruling party [in India] has an anti-Muslim, anti-Pakistan approach", he pointed out.

If Pakistan had stayed neutral after the September 2001 terror attack in the United States, Pakistan would have saved itself from devastation, Khan said. "We'll see how they do in the first-generation phase of this winter", he 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.

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. "Resolving that case is in our interest because it was an act of terrorism", the Pak PM had said.