March 21 2018

Pakistan PM, military ask U.S. to root out terror in Afghanistan

March 21 2018, 12:29 | Van Peters

Pakistan PM, military ask U.S. to root out terror in Afghanistan

Resolute Support U.S. Soldiers with Task Force Iron maneuver an M-777 howitzer so it can be towed into position at Bost Airfield Afghanistan. Sixteen years into its longest war the United States is sendin

About 5,000 non-U.S. North Atlantic Treaty Organisation forces are also still in the country, but Britain and other European allies have pledged additional contributions to the alliance's Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan in recent weeks.

Published reports say 4,000 additional troops will be deployed. Gen. Asif Ghafoor refused to speculate on what the US president might say, but said it was clear he anticipated criticism, saying: "There is no organized network of terrorists in Pakistan and actions have been taken without any discrimination against all terrorist organizations".

"We can no longer be silent about Pakistan's safe havens for terrorist organisations, the Taliban, and other groups that pose a threat to the region and beyond", Trump added.

From America's leadership down to the guy on the street, people are tired of our long involvement in Afghanistan, which began after 9/11.

The partnership agreement was signed by former US President Barack Obama and former Afghan President Hamid Karzai in 2012.

"We must value Pakistan's important role on the Afghanistan issue, and respect Pakistan's sovereignty and reasonable security concerns", the diplomat said. After years of taking a heavy toll in Afghanistan and suffering the retreat of the war, we should not listen to Washington's recriminations, stressed the Pakistani former ambassador in that country.

"We should be willing to provide platform that will aid in conducting counter-insurgency operations", Fair said.

"The fact remains that the complex issues and internal dynamics inside Afghanistan pose a grave challenge not only to Pakistan but to the broader region and the worldwide community", it said.

Pakistan estimates there have been 70,000 casualties in militant attacks, including 17,000 killed, since it joined the U.S. "war on terrorism" after the September 11, 2001, attacks on the United States.

Hua said against the current backdrop, China appreciates Pakistan's efforts in ensuring security for China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

Khawaja Asif reiterated Pakistan's perspective and desire for peace and stability in Afghanistan.

If they don't comply, will we pull out anyway? And you have to be able to prove that you're willing to do both for a long time.

"America's enemies must never know our plans or believe they can wait us out", he said. "Our national security depends on it, as well as Afghanistan's security, and our allies and partners". Leaving Afghanistan (without a clear and reliable polity in place), he spelt out, risked providing a free play-area to extremists and terrorists who could threaten the US.

The Afghan war can not be fought in Pakistan, it said.

Which brings me to Monday night's stunning speech by Trump that I believe validated my assessment of him as being the only American politician capable of identifying the country that is a key nursing ground of global terrorism - Pakistan.

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