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US desire to inject India in Af would be detrimental: Pak PM

Press Trust of India  |  Islamabad 

Rejecting any role for in Afghanistan, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi today warned that the Trump administration's desire to inject in the war-torn country would be "detrimental".

US President Donald Trump in August unveiled his South policy and vowed to boost strategic partnership with in Trump also sought an enhanced role for to bring peace and stability in


"We don't believe that injecting into the Pakistan- US relationship will help resolve anything, especially in Afghanistan, where we don't see any role for has a relationship with the US. That is between them and the US," Abbasi was quoted as saying by the Arab

In an interview to the Saudi newspaper, Abbasi said wants peace in via a solution that "is owned and led by the Afghans."

The prime minister warned that Washington's desire to include in would be detrimental.

has a strategic partnership with and is implementing projects worth USD 2 billion to help rebuild the country's infrastructure.

has been supporting an Afghan-led, Afghan-owned, broad-based and inclusive process of peace and reconciliation, and advocating the need for a sustained and long-term commitment to by the international community.

Abbasi said wants an "equal relationship or partnership with the US, like every other nation."

Asserting that the days of depending on the US to meet its military and other requirements are over, the prime minister said the world should recognise Pakistan's efforts in fighting the "worlds war" on terror.

"If one source dries up, we have no option but to go to another source. It may cost more, it may consume more resources, but we have to fight that war, and thats what we emphasised to all the people that we met," he said.

Abbasi said has major US weapons systems in its military, but it also possesses Chinese and European systems, and more recently it inducted Russian attack helicopters.

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First Published: Mon, October 09 2017. 18:42 IST
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