Khan terms Trump’s Afghanistan policy a flop

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chief Imran Khan has termed the US policy about Afghanistan a flop and advised US President Donald Trump to change it by involving the neighbours – China, Russia, and Iran.

He reiterated that the US should also leave Afghanistan because as long as they are present there they will continue to create problems.

In an interview with the Cable News Network’s (CNN) London-based anchor and correspondent Hala Gorani, he said Pakistan, a country which collaborated with America after 9/11 in war on terror, has suffered the loss of 70,000 people and also faced over a hundred billion dollars loss to the economy.

Khan said 150,000 North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and American troops have failed to counter the small number of insurgents.

“After giving so many sacrifices and hearing that Pakistan has done nothing to stop terrorism is painful and humiliating for all the Pakistanis,” he added.

The PTI chief said the tribal areas located adjacent to the Afghanistan border are hosting millions of internally displaced persons (IDPs).

To a question about former US Ambassador to Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad who accused that roots of terrorists are in Quetta, Khan said if Khalilzad knows this much about the hideouts of terrorists then why did not he tell this to the government of Pakistan.

He questioned that is it plausible that there were 150,000 NATO and American troops present in Afghanistan and still they could not tackle the small number of militants.

US cannot blame Pakistan for its losses in Afghanistan, Khan added.

The PTI chief said Pakistan has suffered the biggest collateral damage in this Afghan adventure. “All the political parties in Pakistan came together and implemented National Action Plan (NAP) which was devised to disarm the terrorists.”

He demanded the US to hold talks with Taliban. To another question regarding his wish to become Prime Minister of Pakistan, Khan said he had the training of sportsman and because of that he is always optimistic. “I do feel this is our time now,” he added.