President Donald Trump has addressed a letter to Prime Minister Imran Khan asking for Pakistan’s help to negotiate with Afghan Taliban in order to establish peace in region. He also acknowledged that war had cost both United States and Pakistan.
Trump Seeking Peace Settlement with Afghan Taliban
It’s not been so long since Donald Trump and Imran Khan’s tirade became a talk of the town, after former undermined Pakistan’s war against terrorism, through a twitter post.
Later, Pentagon termed Pakistan’s role vital and said there was no change in military to military relationship.
Here is the Press Statement that Foreign Office issued about President Trump’s letter to PM Imran Khan for seeking help to settle peace negotiations with Afghan Taliban.
US President @realDonaldTrump , in his letter addressed to #Pakistan's PM @ImranKhanPTI , has stated that his most important regional priority is achieving a negotiated settlement of the Afghan war. Said Pk & US should renew partnership, according to foreign office. @VOANews pic.twitter.com/Qz1e6KNaqN
— Ayesha Tanzeem (@atanzeem) December 3, 2018
Pakistan’s Response to Trump’s Letter
According to the press statement Pakistan welcomed the United States decision and also reiterated its commitment to play facilitation role in good faith. PR also stated that peace and stability in Afghanistan remains a shared responsibility.
Earlier, It seemed that verbal duel between head of states from each side will result in severing of ties after Trump tweeted that Pakistan would take our money and do nothing for us.
Of course we should have captured Osama Bin Laden long before we did. I pointed him out in my book just BEFORE the attack on the World Trade Center. President Clinton famously missed his shot. We paid Pakistan Billions of Dollars & they never told us he was living there. Fools!..
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 19, 2018
PM Imran Khan had fiercely responded to Trump’s tweet by reminding him how Pakistan became a victim of terrorism and sacrificed more than 75000 lives.
Instead of making Pakistan a scapegoat for their failures, the US should do a serious assessment of why, despite 140000 NATO troops plus 250,000 Afghan troops & reportedly $1 trillion spent on war in Afghanistan, the Taliban today are stronger than before.
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) November 19, 2018
But, now in his letter President Trump has not only acknowledged Pakistan’s role in war against terrorism but also emphasized on working together and exploring new opportunities.
Pakistan’s Fight Against War Against Terrorism
Pakistan is one of the major victims of terrorism in the world. the country has sacrificed thousands of civil military lives along with jeopardizing its peace and economic stability. Peace in Afghanistan is not only essential for the regional stability but also for economic prosperity of all the countries which are stakeholders in the conflict.
Now, when Pakistan is making a move to normalize its relation with India and took its first step by opening Kartarpur corridor it should also pay attention to its western borders. And, negotiation with Afghan Taliban in a bid to bring peace in the region will be indeed a step in right direction.