No military solution to Afghan conflict: Pakistan, Turkey

No military solution to Afghan conflict: Pakistan, Turkey

No military solution to Afghan conflict: Pakistan, Turkey

Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has said his country is willing to set up joint patrols with Afghanistan to combat militants along their porous border.

People of Pakistan too have become tired of an unending tendency on part of the United States to twist Pakistan arms or make it scapegoat whenever it faces prospects of any failure in the region.

Abbasi said that Pakistan was ready to work with the U.S. in the fight against terrorism and the two sides should address any concern on the subject through dialogue.

US President Donald Trump, while unveiling Afghanistan strategy last month, blamed Pakistan for playing a double game "by accepting American aid while giving safe haven to insurgents who kill Afghan and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation troops".

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But the Afghan officials and United States authorities have always been insisting that the leadership councils of the Taliban and Haqqani terrorist network are based in the key cities of Pakistan where they have freedom of action. He said that Pakistan was open to bilateral verifications and joint patrols.

The prime minister said much more was happening from other side of the border and vehemently rejected the perception that attacks took place from Pakistan's territory, terming such allegations "completely incorrect". He said Pakistan had fenced its border with Afghanistan and would welcome if they did the same. Pakistan has repeatedly faced criticism that it is sheltering militants who planned or carried out attacks inside Afghanistan.

Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif met with Turkish leadership in Ankara on Tuesday as part of his tour to regional powers in the aftermath of the United States' new policy announcement on Afghanistan and South Asia.

Pakistani leaders - both civilian and military - as well as officials have been conveying to the U.S. interlocutors that the policy of sanctions has not worked in the past and it is unlikely to deliver now but Washington is apparently not listening and as a effect relationship between Pakistan and the United States, strained many a times in the past, is poised for another friction ridden phase. He said that Pakistan needed more collaborations and cooperation between the two countries in various areas rather than just aid and assistance. "We shall take action against sanctuary if pointed". He added that Pakistan was a huge market and the U.S. companies had multi-billion dollar investment opportunities here. "We intend to work and cooperate with the U.S. against terrorism and address any concern", the prime minister said.

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