Pak­istan will no longer fight some­one else’s war: Im­ran Khan

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IS­LAM­ABAD AFP DEC7, 2018 - Pak­istan will no longer act as a hired gun in some­one else’s war, Prime Minister Im­ran Khan said Fri­day, strik­ing a note of de­fi­ance against US de­mands for Is­lam­abad to do more in the bat­tle against mil­i­tancy.

Khan, who also re­it­er­ated his back­ing for a re­cent push by the US for talks with the Tal­iban in Afghanistan, said in a tele­vised ad­dress that he wants Pak­istan to move for­ward with “hon­our”.

“We will no longer fight some­one else’s war, nor will we bow down in front of any­one”, the for­mer crick­eter said.

Is­lam­abad joined Wash­ing­ton’s “war on ter­ror” in 2001, and says it has paid a heavy price for the al­liance, which sparked an Is­lamist back­lash and home­grown mil­i­tant groups

who turned their guns on the Pak­istani state, cost­ing thou­sands of lives.

Se­cu­rity has dra­mat­i­cally im­proved in re­cent years af­ter a mil­i­tary crack­down.

But the US con­tin­ues to ac­cuse Is­lam­abad of ig­nor­ing or even col­lab­o­rat­ing with groups such as the Afghan Tal­iban and the Haqqani net­work, which al­legedly at­tack Afghanistan from safe havens along the border be­tween the two coun­tries. The White House be­lieves that Pak­istan’s In­ter­ser­vices In­tel­li­gence agency and other mil­i­tary bod­ies have long helped fund and arm the Tal­iban both for ide­o­log­i­cal rea­sons and to counter ris­ing In­dian in­flu­ence in Afghanistan.

It be­lieves that a Pak­istani crack­down on the mil­i­tants could be piv­otal in de­cid­ing the out­come of the war.

Im­ran Khan

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