We’re not your ‘hired gun’ anymore, Imran Khan tells US

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Pakistan Urges US to Leave Afghanistan 'As Friend of the Region'

Imran Khan has accused the USA of "pushing Pakistan away" despite the country's help to bring the Afghan Taliban to peace talks.

Peace in Afghanistan is in Pakistan's interest, he continued, however, from Pakistan's point of view, "we do not want the Americans to leave Afghanistan in a hurry like they did in 1989".

Giving the instance of Pak-China ties, he said, "our relationship with China is not one-dimensional". The exchange was about being blamed for deeply flawed US policies - the military approach to Afghanistan'.

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

PM Imran Khan rejecting the U.S. propaganda on sheltering Taliban leaders here, has said he was briefed about the situation and that he was told that Pakistan has asked the USA several times to share where the sanctuaries are.

"You are aware that Afghan refugees have been living here [in Pakistan] for 40 years".

McKenzie told lawmakers that he did not see much of a change in Pakistan's behaviour towards Afghanistan or its stand against terrorist groups.

The prime minister referred to President Trump's letter asking for assistance in bringing the Taliban to the negotiating table and said "I talked for years about how there was no military solution in Afghanistan, and they called me "Taliban Khan". "We will do everything".

In this meeting, President Ghani appreciated Khalilzad's efforts for Afghan peace and said the Afghan government announced its negotiations team at Geneva Conference on Afghanistan late last month, the statement said. If you did not agree with the USA policy, you were [thought to be] anti-American.

"I do believe that any solution in Afghanistan is going to require the assistance of Pakistan".

"The security situation in Afghanistan remains hard, we have seen a number of high profile attacks in the past month, but the Afghan forces stand firms so do we".

On Monday, US President Donald Trump wrote a letter to Prime Minister Imran Khan seeking Islamabad's help in facilitating a negotiated settlement of the lingering conflict in Afghanistan.

"Pakistan has chose to respond positively to the United States president's letter and assure its role in the Afghan peace process", the sources added. 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 USA".

In a written response to a set of advance policy questions, the Marine Corps general termed the military to military relationship between the two countries strong and important strategically, given "that Pakistan is a nuclear power that sits at the nexus of Russian, Chinese, Indian and American geopolitical interests".

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

"This is a very imperialistic approach".

Pakistan and its security forces are still stinging from a 2011 covert operation that involved a Pakistani doctor, an aid group and a vaccination scam to identify Osama bin Laden's home. We raised money, but we are talking to the IMF [International Monetary Fund].

"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 United States and Pakistan.

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

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