Afghan soldiers sell USA weapons to Taliban: Asif

Pauline Gross
August 27, 2017

The minister said 0.2 million Pakistani troops were fighting against terrorists and thousands of soldiers had sacrificed their lives for this objective.

Beijing and Moscow have come to Pakistan's defense in light of President Donald Trump's Afghan and Pakistan strategy unveiled last Monday.

Besides alleging Pakistan of providing safe havens to terrorists, Trump also cleared the way for the deployment of thousands more USA troops to Afghanistan, backtracking from his promise to evacuate the war-torn region.

But China State Councillor Yang Jiechi in a phone call with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson defended Pakistan, saying that "we should attach importance to the important role that Pakistan plays in the Afghanistan issue, respect (Pakistan's) sovereignty and legitimate security concerns".

"Pakistan is committed to take action against terrorists without any discrimination and its efforts to wipe out terrorism would continue", he said.

The administration official said the new Afghanistan strategy was a departure from how the U.S. previously dealt with Pakistan.

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"Pakistan has managed to cleanse its land from terrorism", he maintained.

Forty percent of Afghan land is still under the control of Taliban, the federal minister said while speaking to Geo News.

We had suffered colossal losses after becoming U.S. ally, however, we intend to maintain ties with Washington to remove misunderstanding, the foreign minister said.

The delegation is on week long visit to Pakistan in coordination with ISPR.

Pakistan's political and military leaders have rejected President Donald Trump's allegation that Islamabad is harboring militants who battle United States forces in Afghanistan.

"It's the most economically stable that it's been in a decade, thanks in part to massive Chinese investment, and it has managed to secure much of its border regions despite the withdrawal of most US combat forces".

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