Pakistan decides to reply to US President Trumps letter

Pakistan decides to reply to US President Trumps letter

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

McKenzie said the US CENTCOM would continue to support the State Department as it works towards a diplomatic solution to the conflict in Afghanistan which includes ensuring that Islamabad's equities are acknowledged in any future agreement.

Khan - who also reiterated his backing for a recent push by the U.S. for talks with the Taliban in Afghanistan - said in a televised address that he wants Pakistan to move forward with "honour".

"Pakistan's action or inaction, as it relates to stability in Afghanistan, has often led to US's frustration", he said, adding that stability in the South Asia region remains the most important mutual strategic interest for both the U.S. and Pakistan.

The statement came in response to a letter Trump recently sent to Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan last month requesting "assistance and facilitation in achieving a negotiated settlement of the Afghan war".

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

The Pakistan Prime Minister said he has asked for the status of the case which is being heard in an anti-terrorism court in Pakistan. 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". The US has satellites and drones.

Khan has made similar remarks earlier after India cancelled a proposed meeting in NY between the two countries' foreign ministers in September.

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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". 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?"

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.

However, the Western-backed government's security forces have struggled to counter attacks from the Taliban and other militant groups since the withdrawal of most North Atlantic Treaty Organisation combat troops.

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.

The renewed North Atlantic Treaty Organisation commitment came in a week when the Marine officer nominated to command US forces in the Middle East warned that the fight there is at a stalemate and the number of Afghan troop deaths in the war is not sustainable.

If Pakistan had stayed neutral after the September 2001 terror attack in the United States, Pakistan would have saved itself from devastation, Khan said.

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg made the comments following the two-day talks ending on December 5, the day after a top USA general said the death toll among Afghanistan's security forces will no longer be sustainable unless urgent measures are taken.

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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