Wednesday, 19 December, 2018

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation is in Afghanistan to fight terrorism, says chief

India has elections coming up they rebuffed all my overtures Pak PM India has elections coming up they rebuffed all my overtures Pak PM
Melinda Barton | 08 December, 2018, 08:01

Pakistan continues to use Afghan Taliban as a "hedge" against India, a top USA commander has told lawmakers, as he expressed America's frustration over Islamabad's failure to take concrete steps to deny safe havens to terrorist groups.

"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.

"Thanks (God) that today, the same people who were asking to do more are now asking us to help them in Afghanistan, to establish peace and to negotiate", he said.

Trump sent the letter days after accusing Pakistan of "doing nothing" to combat terrorist groups, triggering a spat with PM Khan. To this, the Pakistan Prime Minister reiterated that "peace in Afghanistan is in Pakistan?s interest" and promised to do "everything" possible.

Pakistan's military says it is taking "every step" required to help the United States successfully achieve a political reconciliation in Afghanistan and exit the war-shattered country "as friend of the region, not as a failure".

"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. Now I'm happy that everyone realizes there is only a political solution.

Comparing Pakistan's relationship with its neighbour China, Khan said, "For instance, our relationship with China is not one-dimensional".

"So I think Pakistan has not shown indications, by and large over the last few years, of being a serious partner in this regard", McKenzie said.

The Trump administration, in the recent months, has intensified its efforts to seek a negotiated settlement of America's longest war in Afghanistan where the U.S. has lost over 2,400 soldiers since late 2001, when it invaded the country after the 9/11 terror attacks.

"We got some relief from the UAE and China but they wanted to keep it confidential". "We raised money, but we are talking to the International Monetary Fund. I would be on the opposite side of President Donald Trump in terms of economic policy, probably closer to Senator Bernie Sanders". It was the first time I saw a welfare state.

Shireen Mazari, the country's human rights minister, said on Twitter the 18 groups were responsible for spreading disinformation. For him, going to the International Monetary Fund is still an "if". "Now we have embarked on structural reforms".

"The ruling party [in India] has an anti-Muslim, anti-Pakistan approach", he pointed out. He said he hopes that after the elections Pakistan can resume talks with India. I had gone on television and warned everyone that we will stand by the Supreme Court verdict.

The prime minister said Pakistan is also in-touch with the Saudi and Iranian leadership to bring peace to strife hit Yemen by bringing all the parties concerned to the negotiating table. "I have asked our government to find out the status of the case".