PM Imran Khan says Pakistan won't be America's hired gun ever again

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Pakistan wants "something done about the bombers of Mumbai", its Prime Minister Imran Khan has said while tacitly acknowledging that the attack of November 2008 originated from the Pakistani soil.

Islamabad joined Washington's "war on terror" in 2001, and says it has paid a heavy price for the alliance, which sparked an Islamist backlash and homegrown militant groups who turned their guns on the Pakistani state, costing thousands of lives. Now I'm happy that everyone realises there is only a political solution.

The Trump administration, in the recent months, has intensified its efforts to seek a negotiated settlement of America's longest war in Afghanistan where the USA has lost over 2,400 soldiers since late 2001, when it invaded the country after the 9/11 terror attacks.

Bass, US Ambassador in Afghanistan, said the US is not engaged in peace talks with the Taliban and that their only redline is that the group has to talk to the Afghan government and the Afghan people. The US has satellites and drones. "We would like a proper relationship with the U.S".

"We are hopefully at a pre-negotiation stage, and there are some elements trying to improve their bargaining position by trying to make military progress", he said. "Pakistan does not appear to be using the full extent of its influence to encourage the Taliban to come to the table", he said.

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The former cricketer told the newspaper he was merely "setting the record straight" with Mr Trump "saying Pakistan was the reason for these sanctuaries [for Taliban leaders]".

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

Speaking to the opening session of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation foreign ministers meeting on peace and war in Afghanistan in Brussels, Stoltenberg said that the alliance will continue its military and financial support to Afghanistan through to 2024 so that the country is prevented from becoming safe haven for terrorists. Then, in 1989, when the Soviets packed up and left, the USA did too.

The US has basically pushed Pakistan away, he told the newspaper.

Families of Taliban leaders and fighters are believed to be residing among among almost three million Afghan refugees Pakistan still hosts. "We want government to consult us and the political figures in this respect", HPC member Qazi Mohammad Amin Waqad said.

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"The ruling party [in India] has an anti-Muslim, anti-Pakistan approach", he pointed out. "If we had stayed neutral after 9/11, I reckon we would have saved ourselves from the devastation".

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.

The prime minister earlier in a tweet had asked the USA government to reassess causes of their failures in Afghanistan instead of passing the blame on to Pakistan. I don't think we have to get anymore statement from anybody.

It is in Pakistan's long-term interest to have a government in Afghanistan that is stable, and that that they can do business with, he said.

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