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Khan says to work with US on Taliban

‘SAME PAGE’:The prime minister said that Pakistan would not host militant groups and that he would try to get the Taliban to speak with Afghanistan’s government


Warming relations would mark a turnaround for Khan and Trump, who has been sharply critical of the South Asian country.

The administration of former US president Barack Obama increased military and economic aid to Pakistan to about US$3 billion per year, but Trump cut it to about US$70 million in the current fiscal year, saying that the US was sending money to Pakistan, but was getting only “lies” in return.

Khan said that he did not ask Trump to restore the aid, which he said had created a “dependency syndrome” in Pakistan.

He said that he wants Pakistan to have a “dignified” relationship with the US based on “mutual trust,” adding that he never felt more humiliated than when the US carried out the raid on al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden’s compound inside Pakistan without giving Islamabad a heads-up.

“Our ally didn’t trust us,” Khan said. “For every Pakistani, it was humiliating.”

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