Imran Khan accuses Donald Trump of 'pushing Pakistan away'

Arturo Kim
December 9, 2018

He further asserted that Pakistan is also looking forward to prosecuting the perpetrators of the 2008 Mumbai blasts as the case is in the country's interest because it was an act of terrorism.

The prime minister also discussed his recent spat with US President Trump, clarifying that it was not a "Twitter war, it was just setting the record right".

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 U.S. and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation military commander in Afghanistan, Gen. Scott Miller, insisted that the Afghans are doing more, running regional training centers and teaching their own special forces.

Imran said he would never want to have a relationship where Pakistan is treated like a hired gun - given money to fight someone else's war. "They rebuffed all my overtures.Let's hope that after the election is over, we can again resume talks with India", Khan said in an interview with "The Washington Post" on Thursday.

Afghanistan's Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Mahmoud Saikal, meanwhile said Kabul will support any effort for bringing peace and stability in Afghanistan and that one of the problems of Moscow Summit was that Russian Federation did not request travel permission for four Taliban representatives to visit Moscow. Pakistan had nothing to do with 9/11.And yet Pakistan was asked to participate in the United States war. "We want government to consult us and the political figures in this respect", HPC member Qazi Mohammad Amin Waqad said. He also rejected the interviewer's suggestion that he is "anti-American" because of his positions, and denied that Pakistan is supporting the Taliban.

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"I have never understood these accusations [that Pakistan is harboring Taliban leaders]". The ties between Washington and Islamabad strained, especially after President Donald Trump, while announcing his Afghanistan and South Asia policy in August a year ago, hit out at Pakistan for providing safe havens to "agents of chaos" that kill Americans in Afghanistan. Pakistan was left with militant groups and four million Afghan refugees.

"We believe that the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan is the guiding document for this society until such time as this society through its relevant representatives would decide to make changes", he said.

By becoming the front-line state for the U.S. in the war on terror, he regretted, Pakistan "went through hell".

Stating that Pakistan had politicised the Kartarpur project, he said that India hoped that Pakistan will implement its commitments. "It cared for the underprivileged, for the people who can't compete in the race".

Regarding Trump's letter to him earlier this week seeking help in the Afghan peace process, PM Imran said, "Peace in Afghanistan is in Pakistan's interest".

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