We’re not your ‘hired gun’ anymore, Pakistan PM Imran Khan tells US

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan gestures as he speaks during the groundbreaking ceremony of the Kartarpur border corridor which will officially open next year in Pakistan

Pakistan Urges US to Leave Afghanistan 'As Friend of the Region'

Reflecting on the two nations' changing relationship, the Pakistani prime minister said his country would no longer want to be "treated like a hired gun", referring to the war against the Soviet Union in the 1980s and the ongoing U.S. "war on terror".

Khalilzad arrived in Islamabad on Tuesday.A US embassy statement issued Thursday said he met with top Pakistani political and military leadership during his two-day stay in the country. "From Pakistan's point of view, we do not want the Americans to leave Afghanistan in a hurry like they did in 1989". "And yet Pakistan was asked to participate in the USA war".

"We have seen some encouraging signs", he added he recalled the ceasefire between Afghan government and the Taliban this year. "Pakistan does not appear to be using the full extent of its influence to encourage the Taliban to come to the table", he said.

Stoltenberg said the security situation in Afghanistan remains hard.

On Trump's letter seeking support, the PM Imran Khan said: "Peace in Afghanistan is in Pakistan's interest".

"In the letter, the President recognises that Pakistan has the ability to deny the Taliban sanctuary on its territory", the spokesperson said.

Imran Khan has accused the U.S. of "pushing Pakistan away" despite the country's help to bring the Afghan Taliban to peace talks. It is the responsibility of all countries to remain alongside the Afghan security forces and help them in fighting terrorism.

"Taking concrete steps that deny VEO safe havens in Pakistan, as well as VEO freedom of movement from Pakistan to Afghanistan, remains an important task that Pakistan needs to fulfil".

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.

Army spokesman Major-General Asif Ghafoor told reporters in Rawalpindi, where the military is headquartered, that Pakistan has long called for resolving Afghan conflict through political means and a USA -initiated peace process has gained momentum lately. We are there to fight global terrorism and to prevent Afghanistan from ever again becoming a safe haven for worldwide terrorism. "We will also make efforts for peace in Yemen". "Now I'm happy that everyone realises there is only a political solution". "It has to be a regional solution, not just a solution centred in Afghanistan", he said. It gave me enormous please when Khalilzad and his delegation accepted what has all along been our stance on the Afghan peace process.

"We can only move forward if India remains steadfast. We won't be asking them for money".

Welcoming the United States bid to engage in talks with the Afghan Taliban, he said that Islamabad did not want the U.S. to leave Afghanistan in a hurry as they did in 1989.

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. I think it's a conditions-based approach we're going to go through this winter. "We are not doing anything new, these things were part of our manifesto", the premier said.

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