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Only negotiated peace can end Afghan war, Pakistan tells UN

ISLAMABAD/ NEW YORK: Reiterating Pakistan's view, Ambassador of Pakistan to the UN Maleeha Lodhi on Saturday said only a negotiated peace could end the long war in Afghanistan and restore stability to the region. "Sixteen years of war, waged by the world’s most powerful forces against an insurgency of irregulars, has not yielded a military solution," she said while speaking at the UN Security Council debate on Afghanistan. She told the 15-member council that neither Kabul, the Coalition nor the Afghan Taliban can…

US military solution failed in Afghanistan: Khawaja Asif

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif on Thursday said that the United States has failed in Afghanistan after deploying its forces for over 16 years and a political solution is needed. He was briefing the National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs. Pakistan wants to have ties with the US based on self-respect and dignity; the country would not compromise on its sovereignty and dignity, the foreign minister underlined. He said Pakistan had clearly told the US that it would not be a scapegoat in…

Khawaja Asif pushes back on US claims of militant support

WASHINGTON: Foreign minister Khawaja Asif Thursday described as “hollow allegations", the comments by senior U.S. officials and lawmakers during his visit to Washington this week  that questioned Islamabad’s resolve in fighting militancy. President Donald Trump’s administration is seeking to implement its regional strategy. While U.S. officials have long been critical of the role Pakistan has played in Afghanistan, senior officials have been more pointed in recent days about Islamabad’s alleged support for militant groups.…

Pakistan won’t be ‘scapegoat’ in Afghan war, PM Abbasi tells UN

UNITED NATIONS: Pakistan refuses to be a “scapegoat” for Afghanistan’s bloodshed or to fight wars for others, PM Abbasi told the United Nations on Thursday.  Addressing the UN General Assembly, Abbasi did not explicitly criticize US President Donald Trump’s new strategy on Afghanistan but made clear his displeasure with the renewed onus on Pakistan. “Having suffered and sacrificed so much due to our role in the global counter terrorism campaign, it is especially galling for Pakistan to be blamed for the military or…

Trump, frustrated by Afghan war, suggests firing US commander: officials

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump's doubts about the war in Afghanistan has led to a delay in completing a new US strategy in South Asia, skepticism that included a suggestion that the US military commander in the region be fired, US officials said on Wednesday. During a July 19 meeting in the White House Situation Room, Trump demanded that his top national security aides provide more information on what one official called "the end-state" in a country where the United States has spent 16 years fighting against the…