U.S. seeks Pakistan's help to establish peace in Afghanistan: PM

U.S. seeks Pakistan's help to establish peace in Afghanistan: PM

U.S. seeks Pakistan's help to establish peace in Afghanistan: PM

Ghafoor reiterated Pakistan's influence with the insurgent group has diminished over the years, but said Pakistan will use "whatever contacts we have" to facilitate the Afghan peace effort.

In an interview with the Washington Post, Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan has slammed the previous Pakistani administration's decision to join the American war against the Taliban in Afghanistan, saying it has cost the country "human lives, devastation of tribal areas, and dignity".

He said a wrong impression had been created by the country's leadership in the past that Pakistan would be harmed if it did not fight someone else's war in Afghanistan.

He said during a summit last July, NATO chose to strengthen its support to Afghanistan with more troops to train, advise and assist the Afghan security forces so they can create the conditions for peace and reconciliation.

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

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He said Iranian Foreign Minister Jawwad Zarif also paid a visit to Islamabad and discussed the modalities for Yemen peace process. The proposal for a meeting had followed Khan's letter to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, offering "constructive engagement".

"Now, we will not fight any other country's war and put our interests first", said the PM.

When asked whether he thinks Pakistan's relationship with the U.S. should warm up, he replied "Who would not want to be friends with a superpower?" "From Pakistan's point of view, we do not want the Americans to leave Afghanistan in a hurry like they did in 1989". These people crossing would be seen.

Speaking at a hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee, McKenzie also said that the United States and its allies need to keep helping the Afghans recruit and train forces to battle the Taliban's estimated 60,000 fighters.

The renewed North Atlantic Treaty Organisation commitment came in a week when the Marine officer nominated to command USA 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.

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

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.

"I want to make Pakistan an equitable, just society". "Let's hope that after the election is over, we can again resume talks with India".

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. Then, in 1989, when the Soviets packed up and left, the United States did too.

"I had gone on television and warned everyone that we will stand by the Supreme Court verdict", he recalled.

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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".

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