Imran Khan says Pakistan will no longer fight someone else's war

Cheryl Sanders
December 8, 2018

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan will no longer act as a hired gun in someone else's war, Prime Minister Imran Khan said today, striking a note of defiance against USA demands for Islamabad to do more in the battle against militancy. "And yet Pakistan was asked to participate in the United States war", he said.

Speaking to the opening session of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation foreign ministers meeting on peace and war in Afghanistan in Brussels, Stoltenberg said that the alliance will continue its military and financial support to Afghanistan through to 2024 so that the country is prevented from becoming safe haven for terrorists.

He said that when he spoke about the lack of a military solution in Afghanistan he was called Taliban Khan.

In his first foreign interview to the Washington Post, the newly-elected Pakistan Prime Minister said that Islamabad would never accept money to fight someone else's war as it not only costs human lives but also puts the dignity of a country at stake.


He said Iranian Foreign Minister Jawwad Zarif also paid a visit to Islamabad and discussed the modalities for Yemen peace process.

Earlier this week, US President Trump in a letter to the Pakistan Prime Minister asked for his assistance in bringing the Taliban to the negotiating table.

Families of Taliban leaders and fighters are believed to be residing among among almost three million Afghan refugees Pakistan still hosts.

"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 worldwide terrorism and ends the 40-years-long war in the country", noted the embassy statement.

Last month, Trump said in an interview Pakistan doesn't "do a damn thing" for the United States despite billions of dollars in USA aid, adding that Pakistani officials knew of former al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden's location before his killing by US troops in a 2011 raid inside Pakistan.

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg made the comments following the two-day talks ending on December 5, the day after a top USA general said the death toll among Afghanistan's security forces will no longer be sustainable unless urgent measures are taken.

The comments come as Pakistan's army backed United States efforts for a political settlement with the Afghan Taliban to end 17 years of fighting. The US has satellites and drones.

He, however, added that putting "pressure on the Taliban is easier said than done as about 40 per cent of Afghanistan is now out of the government's hands".

"Exxon has come back to Pakistan after 27 years, and they're doing a big exploration for us. From Pakistan's point of view, we do not want the Americans to leave Afghanistan in a hurry like they did in 1989". Pakistan had nothing to do with 9/11 (terror attack). "There were a lot of people in Pakistan who opposed it, including me", PM Imran Khan responded to the accusations.

"As I said our goal here grounded in the objective realities is that there needs to be a settlement that comes from within the society so that it is broadly accepted by the society and therefore has a good chance of being implemented", he said.

The sources said that the draft of the letter would be ready next week and it would be sent to Prime Minister Khan for approval. "Let's hope that after the election is over, we can again resume talks with India".

"I had gone on television and warned everyone that we will stand by the Supreme Court verdict", he recalled. "I have asked our government to find out the status of the case".

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