Imran Khan: We're not your 'hired gun' anymore, Imran Khan tells US

Clay Curtis
December 7, 2018

United States has realized that peace can not be attained in Afghanistan without Pakistan's help, said the premier.

US President Trump, in a letter to PM Imran Khan couple of days ago, had asked for Islamabad's help in ending Afghan conflict and bringing Taliban leadership to the negotiating table.

Asked to elaborate on the ideal nature of relationship that he would like to have with the US, Khan said: "For instance, our relationship with China is not one-dimensional".

The U.S. and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation military commander in Afghanistan, Gen. Scott Miller, insisted that the Afghans are doing more, running regional training centers and teaching their own special forces.

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

"You are aware that Afghan refugees have been living here [in Pakistan] for 40 years". Our border between Pakistan and Afghanistan has the greatest amount of surveillance. "We will do everything". If you did not agree with the US policy, you were [thought to be] anti-American. "Now I'm happy that everyone realizes there is only a political solution", he said.

Prime Minister Imran Khan said that United States wants our help to establish peace in Afghanistan and I always believed that instead of "do more" we should play a role in the Afghan peace process.

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The discussion centered on his regional engagement and Afghan preparations for negotiations to reach a political settlement to the conflict, the US Embassy in Kabul said in a statement on Thursday. It not only cost us human lives, devastation of our tribal areas, but it also cost us our dignity. "We would like a proper relationship with the U.S.", he stressed.

The statement comes a day after USA special envoy for Afghan reconciliation, Zalmay Khalilzad, visited Islamabad and sought cooperation from the Pakistani leadership for Washington's renewed push for finding a negotiated end to the 17-year-old war with the Taliban.

"This is a very imperialistic approach".

Khan condemned the 2011 USA operation in Abbottabad that killed Osama bin Laden, saying that it was "humiliating" that Washington did not trust Pakistan to kill the terrorist. We raised money, but we are talking to the IMF [International Monetary Fund]. We are there to fight global terrorism and to prevent Afghanistan from ever again becoming a safe haven for worldwide terrorism.

"Exxon has come back to Pakistan after 27 years, and they're doing a big exploration for us. 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.

"I always believed that our role was not to "do more". I would be on the opposite side of President Donald Trump in terms of economic policy, probably closer to Senator Bernie Sanders".

Earlier this week, PM Khan had told a group of media persons that he could change the portfolio of ministers who won't perform.

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