He said Pakistan was not "hedging" towards China, rather it was Washington's attitude which had brought a change in the bilateral relationship.
North Atlantic Treaty Organisation is in Afghanistan to fight against worldwide terrorism, Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said on Wednesday. Then, in 1989, when the Soviets packed up and left, the United States did too.
Over 2,400 United States soldiers have perished in Afghanistan during the protracted conflict, a number that is closing in on the death toll from the attacks of September 11, 2001, which prompted the US' invasion.
"Pakistan is an essential element in long-term stability in Afghanistan", McKenzie told members of the Senate Armed Services Committee Tuesday during his confirmation hearing for commander of the US Central Command (CENTCOM).
Prime Minister Imran Khan has categorically said Pakistan will no longer fight others' war and those who had been asking Pakistan to "do more" now want us to mediate between the Afghan warlords and the US-backed Afghan government. Pakistan was left with militant groups and 4 million Afghan refugees.
Trump wrote a letter to Prime Minister Khan earlier this week.
"There were a lot of people in Pakistan who opposed it, including me".
Gen. Ghafoor again rejected allegations his country is allowing the Taliban to plan attacks inside Afghanistan.He said Pakistani security forces have eliminated all terrorist sanctuaries on their side and a military-led massive construction effort is now underway to fence off the almost 2,600 kilometer border with Afghanistan.
In response to a question about the premier's recent efforts to acquire financial assistance from Saudi Arabia, UAE and China, he said that details of the agreements will be kept confidential. We raised money, but we are talking to the IMF [International Monetary Fund].
While speaking about his vision for the country, he said that "I want to make Pakistan an equitable, just society. I would be on the opposite side of President Donald Trump in terms of economic policy, probably closer to Senator Bernie Sanders". "We'll see how they do in the first-generation phase of this winter", he said.
The diplomatic sources further said, "The letter will stress the need for improvement in trade and economic ties between the two countries". "Resolving that case is in our interest because it was an act of terrorism", the Pak PM had said. It wound down combat operations in 2014 and began training and advising Afghan security forces so they could handle the country's security needs. I have asked our government to find out the status of the case.
Trump's letter was followed by a visit from U.S. envoy Zalmay Khalilzad, who has said he hopes a deal can be in place before the Afghan presidential elections, set for April next year.
"India rebuffed all my overtures because they have elections and the ruling [BJP] party has an anti-Muslim, anti-Pakistan approach", he added.