Published: Fri, December 07, 2018
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

Pakistan Won’t Be Your ‘Hired Gun’ Anymore: Imran Khan To US

Pakistan Won’t Be Your ‘Hired Gun’ Anymore: Imran Khan To US

"Were we not to put the pressure on Al-Qaeda, ISIS (Islamic State) and other groups in the region we are putting on today, it is our assessment that, in a period of time their capability would reconstitute, and they have today the intent, and in the future, they would have the capability to do what we saw on 9/11", Dunford said when asked about a potential withdrawal of the USA military contingent from the war-ravaged country. It's a trade relationship between two countries and we wanted a similar relationship with US.

"I talked for years about how there was no military solution in Afghanistan, and they called me "Taliban Khan".

The spokesman said that progress in Pakistan-India ties could only be achieved if India remained steadfast on the matter.

Ambassador Khalilzad started his multi-nation tour for Afghan peace this week.

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. The trip will continue until December 20.

"The last thing we want is to have chaos in Afghanistan". The Pakistani leader insisted there "are no sanctuaries in Pakistan".

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"Pakistan is an essential element in long-term stability in Afghanistan", McKenzie told members of the Senate Armed Services Committee Tuesday during his confirmation hearing for commander of the US Central Command (CENTCOM).

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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. "Pakistan must leverage their influence over the Taliban leadership to help compel them to come to the table for reconciliation negotiations", he added. We are there to fight global terrorism and to prevent Afghanistan from ever again becoming a safe haven for worldwide terrorism. "Now I'm happy that everyone realizes there is only a political solution", he said. "I was glad that i met Zalmay Khalilzad", he said. McKenzie said that the meeting was to see if the USA can find some way forward. "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.

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

Responding to questions, McKenzie refused to give a timeline for the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan.

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