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

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

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

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.

Khan said he wanted a relationship with the U.S. like the one with China - "not one-dimensional" and a "trade relationship". Is the request for "facilitation" a bait to hit Pakistan back with the same old allegation of double-game? "Now I'm happy that everyone realizes there is only a political solution", he said. "We would like a proper relationship with the USA". The US has satellites and drones.

In an interview with TOLOnews, the USA ambassador said the U.S. is not negotiating on behalf of the Afghan government as he pointed at the efforts by the United States on Afghan peace. "Worldwide community knows who did it.Acceptance is good but even without it, we knew who had done it", said the Indian army chief.

He said that Pakistan's founder Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah sacrificed everything during his struggle for the creation of Pakistan.

Khan dismissed repeated assertions by the Pentagon that Pakistan serves as a sanctuary for terrorist groups in Afghanistan, namely the Taliban and its Haqqani Network allies.

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.

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

Kabul does not have control of about 45 percent of Afghanistan, the latest assessment by the U.S. Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), a watchdog agency, shows.

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"We have 2.7 million Afghan refugees".

Khan - who also reiterated his backing for a recent push by the United States for talks with the Taliban in Afghanistan - said in a televised address that he wants Pakistan to move forward with "honour".

During last month's exchange with Mr Trump, the Pakistani leader said his country had suffered 75,000 casualties and lost $123bn (£95.7bn) during America's so-called war on terror despite no one from his country being involved in the 9/11 attacks.

"The ruling party [in India] has an anti-Muslim, anti-Pakistan approach", he pointed out.

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. In his first interview to foreign media, PM Khan had said that he has asked his government to find out the status of the case. I had gone on television and warned everyone that we will stand by the Supreme Court verdict.

It is in Pakistan's long-term interest to have a government in Afghanistan that is stable, and that that they can do business with, he said.

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