ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday said the Afghan government seemed to be trying to bring the United States back after the raids and seizure of districts by Taliban.
He asked that what the US would do now that it could not do in last 20 years.
“The first priority in Afghanistan should be a ceasefire. After Afghanistan, the protracted war has affected Pakistan the most. We have tried to relay everyone that no one is favourite for Pakistan,” said the prime minister while talking to foreign journalists.
He also said three countries including Pakistan had acknowledged the Taliban government in 2001. However, he said, Pakistan would work with any elected government in Afghanistan.
He said Taliban refused to talk to Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani. They said they would not hold talks until Ashraf was in power, he maintained.
Imran Khan said Pakistan wanted trade with the Central Asian countries through Afghanistan. “Afghan citizens cannot be made puppets. We do not want the Afghan refugees to come back to Pakistan again,” he said.
He said, in the current situation in Afghanistan, a political settlement was looking difficult.
PM Imran warned that the situation of civil war in Afghanistan would push the economic agenda in the region backwards. Both China and Pakistan were working on the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), he added.