'Painful for us’: Imran Khan on stalled Afghanistan peace deal Donald Trump United States of America Pakistan
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Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday expressed his displeasure for calling off the Afghan peace deal.

Dubbing it “painful”, Imran Khan blamed US President Donald Trump for derailing the process that was aimed to end one of the longest-running wars.

Speaking at an event in New York, Khan also urged Trump to resume talks with the Taliban to pave way for peace in the terror-ridden country.

The stalled peace process would have lead to a cease-fire and the withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan.

“The peace deal was just about to be signed – this is painful for us – the peace deal was about to be signed and you know President Trump,” Khan said.

Changing his track, he said “He (Trump) should have discussed it with us.”

Trump on September 7 said that he had called off a secret meeting with Taliban and Afghanistan president in the US and announced to call off the months-long peace negotiations with the Taliban.

The decision came after the Taliban claimed responsibility for the Kabul car bombing which killed 12 people, including an American soldier.

Khan on Sunday (local time) had also met United States’ special envoy for Afghan peace talks Zalmay Khalilzad.

In a statement, the Pakistan Embassy said Khan and Khalilzad discussed Afghanistan and Pakistan-US joint efforts for peace in Afghanistan.

Khan also appreciated Khalilzad’s efforts for promoting a peaceful, political settlement in Afghanistan, read the statement.

“He (Imran Khan) recalled that Pakistan had always held that there was no military solution to the Afghan conflict,” it reads.

The statement also said that the country with hopes for the peace process to restart will support all initiatives towards achieving peace in Afghanistan.

Till August, eight rounds of talks between the US officials and representatives of the Taliban have taken place in Doha.

In a tentative deal, it was agreed that the American troops would leave Afghanistan substantially in exchange for a partial cease-fire by the Taliban.

The Qatar talks happened without the direct involvement of the Afghan government, which was one of the conditions of the Taliban before talks were initiated.

The Taliban views the current Afghan government as a US puppet and have earlier called to postpone the presidential elections due end of the month.

On Monday, Khan met Trump in New York, who is in the US to take part in the 74th United Nations General Assembly session later in the week.

With Khan by his side, Trump reiterated his mediation offer to resolve the Kashmir dispute, for the third time.


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