'Hired Gun' No More: Pakistani PM Refuses to Fight US' War

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"Let's hope that after the election is over, we can again resume talks with India", he said.

Prime Minister Imran Khan has chose to officially respond to President Donald Trump's letter to him, seeking Pakistan's support for talks to end the lingering war in Afghanistan.

"Now those who always said "do more" are now demanding cooperation for talks in Afghan peace", said the PM. Is the request for "facilitation" a bait to hit Pakistan back with the same old allegation of double-game?

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

Fifteen years after North Atlantic Treaty Organisation took the lead on worldwide security efforts in Afghanistan, the military alliance's foreign ministers on Wednesday reaffirmed their commitment to stay the course despite mounting Afghan casualties and the slow pace of peace efforts.

As the United States continue to ask Pakistan to do more regarding the reported terror sanctuaries in the country, the PM asserted that "there are no sanctuaries in Pakistan" as he ruled out the presence of Taliban in the country. "Pakistan does not appear to be using the full extent of its influence to encourage the Taliban to come to the table", he said.

Pakistan wants "something done about the bombers of Mumbai", its Prime Minister Imran Khan has said while tacitly acknowledging that the attack of November 2008 originated from the Pakistani soil.

"We have seen some encouraging signs", he added he recalled the ceasefire between Afghan government and the Taliban this year. "Now I'm happy that everyone realizes there is only a political solution", he said. "We do not want to have conditions imposed on us which would cause more unemployment and inflation".

US Special Representative for Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad on Tuesday met Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi in Islamabad.

"If we left precipitously right now, I do not believe they (Afghan security forces) would be able to successfully defend their country". He said India "rebuffed all [his] overtures" because "the ruling party [the Bharatiya Janata Party] has an anti-Muslim, anti-Pakistan approach".

Khan told The Washington Post that Pakistani security forces have repeatedly asked the United States for evidence on its claims that there are "sanctuaries" for the Taliban in Pakistan.

"As I said our goal here grounded in the objective realities is that there needs to be a settlement that comes from within the society so that it is broadly accepted by the society and therefore has a good chance of being implemented", he said.

"Our government's prime focus is uplifting the poor and giving due share to underprivileged areas of the country", said the premier. "Resolving that case is in our interest because it was an act of terrorism", he said. I don't think we have to get anymore statement from anybody.

The prime minister earlier in a tweet had asked the U.S. government to reassess causes of their failures in Afghanistan instead of passing the blame on to Pakistan.

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