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US has already lost Afghan war, claims Pakistan FM

US has already lost Afghan war, claims Pakistan FM

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Oct 05, 2017 - 21:20

WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): Pakistaninfo-icon Foreign Minister Khwaja Asif on Thursday said “the United States has already lost the war in Afghanistaninfo-icon, where the Talibaninfo-icon have gained control over a vast territory.”

The United States was focusing solely on safe haven allegations or blaming Pakistan for what they had not achieved in Afghanistan, Asif told the US Institute of Peace, a top American think-tank.

In an apparent indication that his talks with the American leadership has not gone well over the last two days, the visiting FM said:  “There are many more dimension of what is going on in Afghanistan.”

“…a corrupt government in Kabulinfo-icon, increasing narcotics trade, Afghan army selling arms to the Taliban, losing terrorist and bringing Daesh to Afghanistan,” Asif said in response to a question.

“Let’s see this conflict in its entirety, in totality. Do not treat Pakistan like a whipping boy. That’s not acceptable…. We want to cooperate with the US. We are the direct beneficiary of peace and stability in Afghanistan,” the foreign minister said

Asif arrived in Washington on a three-day official visit on Tuesday and on Wednesday he met Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. On Thursday, Asif met National Security Advisor H R McMaster over breakfast.

“Yesterday meeting went well with Tillerson… and McMaster (meeting) was good. (It) was not bad,” Asif said noting that the two countries needed to pursue contacts with each other. He favored adopting an approach of talks and exchange of views more vigorously.

Asif said Pakistan would be the biggest beneficiary of peace and stability in Afghanistan. Responding to a question, Asif acknowledged that madrasas were training ground for terrorist.

“These madrasas were nurseries for American jihadinfo-icon in Afghanistan. We are actually living in hell because of that decision,” he said.

The Foreign Minister said Pakistan wanted dignity, respect and equal partnership with the United States. He said Pakistan did not want funds from the US.

“F-16 was the main weapons against terrorist in the last four years. There was no collateral damage. We were not like US air force. During this period, the Americans told Jordanians not to deliver old F-16s to Pakistan. They actually hampered our fight against terrorism,” Asif said.

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