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

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Prime Minister Imran while giving an interview to The Washington Post candidly commented, "I would never want to have a relationship where Pakistan is treated like a hired gun - given money to fight someone else's war".

"Let's hope that after the election is over, we can again resume talks with India", he added.

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. "We wish that the USA leaves Afghanistan as friend of the region, not as a failure", Ghafoor said, without elaborating further. "We do not want to have conditions imposed on us which would cause more unemployment and inflation".

"If we left precipitously right now I do not believe they would be able to successfully defend their country", he said, adding that "the operational military situation is largely stalemated".

Addressing a press conference after the ministerial meeting, the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation chief said Pakistan has to support the Afghan peace.

The premier also spoke about the Yemen issue and said, "I spoke to Saudi Arabia and Iran's foreign minister regarding establishing peace in Yemen".

The prime minister said Pakistan will continue to play a mediatory role for peace in Yemen to ultimately bring a lasting peace and stability to the region. "During my swearing-in ceremony when Navjot Singh Sidhu visited we had discussed this". Much hope has been heaped on a new effort led by the United States special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad, who has reportedly held talks with Taliban representatives on several occasions.

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When asked if Pakistan was trying to hedge its bets using China, Mr Khan replied: "The US has basically pushed Pakistan away". "I think the task that we have is to make it attractive to them so that they see that it is in their best interest to do that", McKenzie said.

Expressing happiness over the response from the Sikh community, PM Imran said, "Kartarpur is for them what Medina is for us".

"We must continue to engage with the Pakistani leadership to realise how we can achieve this mutual interest", McKenzie said.

McKenzie said previous frustration between Washington and Islamabad has centered around instability in Afghanistan. "A school will be opened for the transfer of technology and training to our people and credit for all this goes to our economic teams".

Earlier this week, PM Imran in a meeting with TV anchors and reporters in the federal capital, informed that he received a letter from the U.S. president.

The cabinet also approved formation of a new board of trustees for Karachi Port Trust (KPT) and appointment of chairman Port Qasim Authority, sources added.

Moreover, the cabinet members reviewed amendments in reforms for Gilgit-Baltistan and chose to continue consultations regarding granting it the status of an interim province.

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