USA must stay in Afghanistan or face new 9/11, top general urges

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

Prime Minister Imran Khan has categorically said Pakistan will no longer fight others' war and those who had been asking Pakistan to "do more" now want us to mediate between the Afghan warlords and the US-backed Afghan government.

Despite Pakistan's positive rhetoric in support of the US' South Asia Strategy, violent extremist organisations (VEOs) operate along its border with Afghanistan, he said. Is the request for "facilitation" a bait to hit Pakistan back with the same old allegation of double-game? Now I'm happy that everyone realizes there is only a political solution.

Khalilzad arrived in Islamabad on Tuesday.A USA embassy statement issued Thursday said he met with top Pakistani political and military leadership during his two-day stay in the country.

Khan also expressed hope that Islamabad and New Delhi would resume talks after the General Elections in India next summer. The US has satellites and drones.

Lt Gen Kenneth F. McKenzie, the next commander of the US Central Command, said this at a Congressional confirmation hearing.

In a wide-ranging interview with the top U.S. newspaper, the premier said he wanted a "proper relationship" with Washington. Pakistan's earlier claim of "influence over Taliban" literally turned into a baggage.

Gen. Ghafoor again rejected allegations his country is allowing the Taliban to plan attacks inside Afghanistan.He said Pakistani security forces have eliminated all terrorist sanctuaries on their side and a military-led massive construction effort is now underway to fence off the almost 2,600 kilometer border with Afghanistan. "The US has basically pushed Pakistan away".

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"If we left precipitously right now, I do not believe they (Afghan security forces) would be able to successfully defend their country".

"The last thing we want is to have chaos in Afghanistan".

This also dovetails Pakistan's opposition to an abrupt United States withdrawal.

The comments come as Pakistan's army backed USA efforts for a political settlement with the Afghan Taliban to end 17 years of fighting.

"Like the US, Pakistan too seeks peace in Afghanistan which is in its interest as well", the PM said, as he assured his government "will do its best". "If we had stayed neutral after 9/11, I reckon we would have saved ourselves from the devastation". "It was the first time I saw a welfare state", he said.

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. I have asked our government to find out the status of the case. He said India "rebuffed all [his] overtures" because "the ruling party [the Bharatiya Janata Party] has an anti-Muslim, anti-Pakistan approach". I had gone on television and warned everyone that we will stand by the Supreme Court verdict. "Resolving that case is in our interest because it was an act of terrorism", the Pak PM had said.

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