ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday said he is happy that the United States has for the first time agreed with the stance of his party, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), that there cannot be a military solution to the Afghan war.
Addressing a meeting of the federal cabinet, the premier spoke about his meeting with US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad who is currently visiting Pakistan. “Khalilzad was sent by the US President Donald Trump to discuss the Afghan peace process and I am happy that I met him.”
“I am also happy that for the first time the US has recognised what we [PTI] have been saying for the past 15 years that there cannot be a military solution to the Afghan war,” he said.
“The US wants our help to establish peace in Afghanistan and I always believed that instead of ‘do more’ we should play a role in the Afghan peace process,” the prime minister told cabinet members. “We will try our best to establish peace in Afghanistan through dialogue,” he added.
“It is good that we have gotten the chance to play the role of a mediator rather than fighting someone else’s war,” PM Imran said.
The premier also spoke about the Yemen issue and said, “I have spoken to Saudi Arabia and Iran’s foreign minister in this regard. We will try our best to bring an end to the Yemen war.”
Further, speaking about the groundbreaking of the Kartarpur corridor, PM Imran said, “Unfortunately, India portrayed it as us seeking political advantage. During my swearing-in ceremony when Navjot Singh Sidhu visited we had discussed this.”
“I am glad that we all pressed and created a successful event,” he added.
Regarding the economy, the premier said, “We are facing difficult circumstances but I want to credit the finance, commerce and planning ministries for working to steer the economy towards improvement.”
“Investment is coming in Pakistan but opponents make it seem that the country is in crisis,” he asserted.-Web Desk