PM Khan directs FO to prepare reply to Donald Trump's letter

PM Khan directs FO to prepare reply to Donald Trump's letter

Mr Khan said a precipitous American withdrawal from Afghanistan would lead to a repeat of the chaos of the 1990s.

"They are fighting hard, but their losses are not going to be sustainable" unless measures are taken to "correct" recruiting and training issues, Lieutenant-General Kenneth McKenzie, who has been nominated to lead the USA military's Central Command that oversees wars in the Middle East and Afghanistan, said on December 4. No Pakistani was involved. If you did not agree with the US policy, you were [thought to be] anti-American.

"Ambassador Khalilzad stressed the United States' commitment to facilitating a political settlement between the Afghan government and the Taliban that ensures Afghanistan never again serves as a platform for global terrorism and ends the 40-years-long war in the country", noted the embassy statement.

This week the Pakistani foreign ministry said Khan had been sent a letter by US President Donald Trump seeking Islamabad's support in securing a peace deal.

Earlier this week, PM Imran in a meeting with TV anchors and reporters in the federal capital, informed that he received a letter from the United States president.

On Wednesday, he met with a USA peace envoy in Islamabad and pledged to help find a political solution to the long-running war.

On the Mumbai terror attacks of 2008, Khan said: "We also want something done about the bombers of Mumbai".

Shireen Mazari, the country's human rights minister, said on Twitter the 18 groups were responsible for spreading disinformation.

When asked if Pakistan was trying to hedge its bets using China, Mr Khan replied: "The US has basically pushed Pakistan away".

Despite Pakistan's positive rhetoric in support of the US' South Asia Strategy, violent extremist organisations (VEOs) operate along its border with Afghanistan, he said.

The Trump administration has suspended hundreds of millions in funding for Pakistan over Islamabad's refusal to take decisive action against terrorist groups orchestrating attacks against US troops in Afghanistan from Pakistani soil. For him, going to the International Monetary Fund is still an "if". "Pakistan must leverage their influence over the Taliban leadership to help compel them to come to the table for reconciliation negotiations", he added. "Now we have embarked on structural reforms".

The premier said that the country had received monetary help from Saudi Arabia, China and the United Arab Emirates, but said the latter two countries wanted the figures to remain "confidential". "We will try to make the Afghan Taliban engage in dialogue with the USA", the prime minister replied when asked about the way forward following Trump's letter.

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

They also said that Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi is working on the Pakistani response.

Khan also expressed hope that Islamabad and New Delhi would resume talks after the General Elections in India next summer. "If you don't stand by what the Supreme Court says, then there's no state left". "I have asked our government to find out the status of the case".