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

Members of the Taliban

Khan hit back by saying the United States should not blame Pakistan for its failings in Afghanistan.

Families of Taliban leaders and fighters are believed to be residing among among almost three million Afghan refugees Pakistan still hosts.

He said during a summit last July, NATO chose to strengthen its support to Afghanistan with more troops to train, advise and assist the Afghan security forces so they can create the conditions for peace and reconciliation.

The Taliban are fighting to flush out US-led global forces and re-establish their regime in Afghanistan after their ouster in 2001.

Pulling US and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation forces out of Afghanistan would give terrorist groups the opportunity and ability to rebuild in that country and develop the capability of carrying out more mega-attacks like the ones against the United States on September 11, 2001, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs General Joseph Dunford said.

"I am also happy that for the first time the U.S. has recognised what we [PTI] have been saying for the past 15 years that there can not be a military solution to the Afghan war", he said.

According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Trump in the letter stated that his most important regional priority was achieving a negotiated settlement of the Afghan war and in this regard, the U.S. president sought Pakistan's support and facilitation.

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Reflecting on the two nations' changing relationship, the Pakistani prime minister said his country would no longer want to be "treated like a hired gun", referring to the war against the Soviet Union in the 1980s and the ongoing U.S. "war on terror". We are there to fight global terrorism and to prevent Afghanistan from ever again becoming a safe haven for worldwide terrorism.

The renewed North Atlantic Treaty Organisation commitment came in a week when the Marine officer nominated to command USA 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.

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. "We will also make efforts for peace in Yemen". "Now I'm happy that everyone realizes there is only a political solution", he said. "It has to be a regional solution, not just a solution centred in Afghanistan", he said. "It was the first time I saw a welfare state", he said.

US Special Representative for Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad on Tuesday met Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi in Islamabad. It will be hard to reach a settlement without some form of assistance or Pakistan.

The army spokesman added that Washington is seeking Islamabad's cooperation to encourage Taliban leaders to engage in Afghan peace negotiations. It wound down combat operations in 2014 and began training and advising Afghan security forces so they could handle the country's security needs. I think it's a conditions-based approach we're going to go through this winter.

Still, in Washington this week Lt. Gen. Kenneth McKenzie warned the Senate Armed Services Committee against an abrupt withdrawal of American forces or change in strategy.

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