Islamabad, Dec 8 : Pakistan will no longer act as a hired gun in someone else's war, Prime Minister Imran Khan said, striking a note of defiance against US demands for Islamabad to do more in the battle against militancy.
“We need peace in Afghanistan but Pakistan will not fight war in the neighbouring country,” the prime minister said, while addressing a group of students, hailing from Balochistan, at PM Office on Friday.
He said a wrong impression had been created by the country’s leadership in the past that Pakistan would be harmed, if it did not fight someone else’s war in Afghanistan, Dawn reported.
Referring to the oft-repeated “do more” demand, he said Pakistan was asked to fight US war in Afghanistan. “I have been saying for past many years that war is no solution to Afghanistan’s problem and now it has also been realised by the US,” he added. He held the US authorities and Afghan government responsible for failing to restore peace and stability across Afghanistan. “More than 40 per cent areas in Afghanistan are not under the control of the Afghan government,” he added.
The prime minister earlier in a tweet had asked the US government to reassess causes of their failures in Afghanistan instead of passing the blame on to Pakistan. “Instead of making Pakistan a scapegoat for their failures, the US should do a serious assessment of why, despite 140,000 Nato troops plus 250,000 Afghan troops & reportedly $1 trillion spent on war in Afghanistan, the Taliban today are stronger than before,” he had tweeted.
Pakistan joined the US-led war in Afghanistan in 2001 and paid a heavy price as mentioned by the prime minister on many occasions. However, the present government has taken a firm stance that the country will watch its own interests and not become a part of the US-led war in the neighbouring country. (UNI)