Acceptance good but we already knew it, Army chief to Pak PM


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

Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan gestures as he speaks during the groundbreaking ceremony of the Kartarpur border corridor, which will officially open next year, in Pakistan November 28, 2018.

"We are interested in a settlement that produces the result we want to see which is peace in Afghanistan", he said.

Some 14,000 USA soldiers are now serving in Afghanistan, and McKenzie couldn't say how much longer the United States would remain in the country. It is in Pakistan's long-term interest to have a government in Afghanistan that is stable that they can do business with.

The White House believes that Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence agency and other military bodies have long helped fund and arm the Taliban both for ideological reasons and to counter rising Indian influence in Afghanistan.

Bin Laden, the mastermind of the 9/11 terror attacks and the head of al Qaeda, was killed in 2011 during a raid by U.S. special forces on his compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan.

PM Khan also denied that there were any sanctuaries for Taliban leaders in Pakistan. Putting pressure on the Taliban is easier said than done.

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"I do believe that any solution in Afghanistan is going to require the assistance of Pakistan".

On Wednesday, he met with a United States peace envoy in Islamabad and pledged to help find a political solution to the long-running war.

In short, Pakistan's diplomacy is on trial for sure; it of course should help its neighbours and also work together with the U.S. for peace in Afghanistan. "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 held the U.S. authorities and Afghan government responsible for failing to restore peace and stability across Afghanistan. "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?' There are no sanctuaries in Pakistan", he said.

PM Imran Khan rejecting the United States propaganda on sheltering Taliban leaders here, has said he was briefed about the situation and that he was told that Pakistan has asked the USA several times to share where the sanctuaries are. "If we had stayed neutral after 9/11, I reckon we would have saved ourselves from the devastation". "We'll see how they do in the first-generation phase of this winter", he said. He said India "rebuffed all [his] overtures" because "the ruling party [the Bharatiya Janata Party] has an anti-Muslim, anti-Pakistan approach".

The sources said that the draft of the letter would be ready next week and it would be sent to Prime Minister Khan for approval. "Resolving that case is in our interest because it was an act of terrorism", he said.

"I had gone on television and warned everyone that we will stand by the Supreme Court verdict", he recalled.

He maintained that he wanted the case of the Mumbai attacks to be resolved, adding that he has "asked our government to find out the status of the case".