"We’re not your ‘hired gun’ anymore", PM Imran tells USA leadership

"President Trump sent a letter to Prime Minister Khan, requesting Pakistan's full support to the US-led Afghan peace process and Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad's upcoming trip to the region", a spokesperson of the National Security Council, White House, told PTI.

The Taliban are fighting to flush out US-led worldwide forces and re-establish their regime in Afghanistan after their ouster in 2001.

It is unfortunate that India is portraying Pakistan's decision to open the Kartarpur border as a move to gain political advantage.

PM Imran Khan further added, "there are no sanctuaries in Pakistan". We are there to fight worldwide terrorism and to prevent Afghanistan from ever again becoming a safe haven for global terrorism.

On Trump's letter seeking support, the PM Imran Khan said: "Peace in Afghanistan is in Pakistan's interest".

Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday said that he is happy that the United States agreed with his party's stance that there can not be a military solution to the Afghan war.

Defending ties with Beijing, the PM said our relationship with China is not one-dimensional.

The statement comes a day after USA special envoy for Afghan reconciliation, Zalmay Khalilzad, visited Islamabad and sought cooperation from the Pakistani leadership for Washington's renewed push for finding a negotiated end to the 17-year-old war with the Taliban.

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"Taking concrete steps that deny VEO safe havens in Pakistan, as well as VEO freedom of movement from Pakistan to Afghanistan, remains an important task that Pakistan needs to fulfil".

"Our will for ensuring peace in Afghanistan is serious", Ghani said as quoted in the statement.

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.

"I always believed that our role was not to "do more". It has to be a regional solution, not just a solution centred in Afghanistan", Gen McKenzie replied. "Bear in mind that about 40 percent of Afghanistan is now out of the government's hands".

"I am glad that the government pressed for the opening of the corridor", he added.

Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs Salahuddin Rabbani represents Afghanistan in the conference.

"Pakistan knows very clearly that their assistance will be required to reach an end state in Afghanistan. Now we will do what is best for our people and our interests".

He said during a summit last July, NATO chose to strengthen its support to Afghanistan with more troops to train, advise and assist the Afghan security forces so they can create the conditions for peace and reconciliation. They said that we have time and time again asked the Americans, "Can you tell us where the sanctuaries are, and we will go after them?" he added. I think it's a conditions-based approach we're going to go through this winter. "We won't be asking them for money".

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