Pakistan Not Your 'Hired Gun' Anymore: Imran Roared on Trump

Pakistan Not Your 'Hired Gun' Anymore: Imran Roared on Trump

Prime Minister Imran Khan also regretted that his government's repeated overtures for peaceful negotiations with New Delhi had been turned down.

He said Pakistan was not "hedging" towards China, rather it was Washington's attitude which had brought a change in the bilateral relationship.

Speaking about Afghan refugees in Pakistan, he said, "we have 2.7 million Afghan refugees still living in Pakistan".

"Thanks (God) that today, the same people who were asking to do more are now asking us to help them in Afghanistan, to establish peace and to negotiate", he said.

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

Over 2,400 USA soldiers have perished in Afghanistan during the protracted conflict, a number that is closing in on the death toll from the attacks of September 11, 2001, which prompted the US' invasion. 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?"

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan will no longer act as a hired gun in someone else's war, Prime Minister Imran Khan said today, striking a note of defiance against United States demands for Islamabad to do more in the battle against militancy.

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

In the letter, Trump said a settlement is "his most important regional priority", the Pakistani foreign ministry stated. "It cared for the underprivileged, for the people who can't compete in the race".

"In the letter, the President recognises that Pakistan has the ability to deny the Taliban sanctuary on its territory", the spokesperson said. "From Pakistan's point of view, we do not want the Americans to leave Afghanistan in a hurry like they did in 1989". We raised money, but we are talking to the IMF [International Monetary Fund].

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. "I would be on the opposite side of President Donald Trump in terms of economic policy, probably closer to Senator Bernie Sanders". Much hope has been heaped on a new effort led by the U.S. special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad, who has reportedly held talks with Taliban representatives on several occasions.

In a separate meeting, the prime minister was briefed by federal Minister for Water Resources Faisal Vawda and Water and Power Development Authority chairman retired lieutenant general Muzammil Hussain about water crisis and the measures being taken to overcome water shortage in the country.

He maintained that he wanted the case of the Mumbai attacks to be resolved, adding that he has "asked our government to find out the status of the case".

He also said that the exports and remittances were going up, explaining that the investors were taking keen interest by coming to the country. I don't think we have to get anymore statement from anybody.

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