USA seeks Pakistan's help to establish peace in Afghanistan: PM

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Battered and bruised again, say shortly before the Afghan presidential elections?

The statement came in response to a letter Trump recently sent to Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan last month requesting "assistance and facilitation in achieving a negotiated settlement of the Afghan war".

"They are fighting hard, but their losses are not going to be sustainable" unless measures are taken to "correct" recruiting and training issues, Lieutenant-General Kenneth McKenzie, who has been nominated to lead the US military's Central Command that oversees wars in the Middle East and Afghanistan, said on December 4.

Some 14,000 US soldiers are now serving in Afghanistan, and McKenzie couldn't say how much longer the United States would remain in the country.

McKenzie told lawmakers that he did not see much of a change in Pakistan's behaviour towards Afghanistan or its stand against terrorist groups. We should never put ourselves in this position again.

Fifteen years after North Atlantic Treaty Organisation took the lead on worldwide security efforts in Afghanistan, the military alliance's foreign ministers on Wednesday reaffirmed their commitment to stay the course despite mounting Afghan casualties and the slow pace of peace efforts. "If we had stayed neutral after 9/11, I reckon we would have saved ourselves from the devastation that took place afterward", he explained, adding that by becoming the "front-line state for the U.S. in the war on terror, this country went through hell".

Khan dismissed repeated assertions by the Pentagon that Pakistan serves as a sanctuary for terrorist groups in Afghanistan, namely the Taliban and its Haqqani Network allies.

He said that Pakistan's founder Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah sacrificed everything during his struggle for the creation of Pakistan.

Meanwhile, some of Afghanistan's mainstream political parties on Thursday said they have established independent peace negotiating teams to talk to the Taliban.

On Wednesday, he met with a U.S. peace envoy in Islamabad and pledged to help find a political solution to the long-running war. Then, in 1989, when the Soviets packed up and left, the U.S. did too. "If there are a few hundred, maybe 2,000 to 3,000 Taliban [jihadis] who move into Pakistan, they could easily move into these Afghan refugee camps", he declared.

He also said that the government is working to reform the tax collection system, adding that they want to make Pakistan an easy place to invest in.

Khan told The Washington Post that Pakistani security forces have repeatedly asked the United States for evidence on its claims that there are "sanctuaries" for the Taliban in Pakistan. "We do not want to have conditions imposed on us which would cause more unemployment and inflation". It was the first time I saw a welfare state.

The diplomatic sources further said, "The letter will stress the need for improvement in trade and economic ties between the two countries". "Resolving that case is in our interest because it was an act of terrorism". I have asked our government to find out the status of the case.

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