Pakistan's Imran Khan talks US relations as elections loom

Pakistan's Imran Khan talks US relations as elections loom

Pakistan's Imran Khan talks US relations as elections loom

"Whether we would be able to communicate, I am not so sure, but of course we, countries, have to work with the United States", he said.

The US General acknowledged the recent actions taken by Pakistan for the hospitality of Afghan refugees and agreed that both countries stand to gain from cooperative engagement.

Trump accused Pakistan of doing nothing to assist in the USA -led war effort in neighboring Afghanistan and of failing to crack down on militants that attack us and Afghan forces across the border.

A harsh critic of the US-led war, the cricketer-turned-politician reiterated his stance that while Pakistan should have supported U.S. campaign against terrorism, deployment of its troops in the tribal areas near Pak-Afghan border should not have been done.

It merits mentioning here that ties between Pakistan and the USA worsened after Trump on January 1, in his first tweet of 2018, said that Washington has got nothing but "lies and deceit" from Pakistan despite providing it more than $33 billion in aid since 2002.

He also told the American general that that the "entire Pakistani nation felt betrayed" over the USA statements, but insisted Pakistan would continue to support peace efforts in the region despite being made a "scapegoat".

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The US won't conduct unilateral anti-terror operations in Pakistan depsite President Donald Trump suspending American military aid and criticising Islamabad for "lies and deceit", a top American military commander has assured the Army Chief, Gen Qamar Bajwa.

The United States led an invasion of Afghanistan to drive the Taliban from power after accusing the government of harboring Al Qaeda terrorists who had plotted the attacks.

Khan said Trump was using Pakistan as a scapegoat for the USA -led coalition's inability to defeat the Taliban and that his comments were "very insulting".

According to the Pakistani military, the Chief of the Army Staff reiterated that Pakistan will not seek resumption of aid but expect honourable recognition of our contributions, sacrifices and unwavering resolve in fight against terrorism for peace and stability in the region.

"I am hopeful that Pakistan will do the right thing and turn over the terrorists and honor their commitment", said Steven Goldstein, undersecretary of State for public diplomacy and public affairs.

Khan and his party spearheaded street protests and a subsequent legal battle that ousted Pakistan's thrice-elected prime minister, Nawaz Sharif, from office last July on corruption charges.

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