Gwynne Dyer: Trump changes tune on Afghanistan

Sunday, 27 Aug, 2017

Speaking on Geo News" program "Naya Pakistan', the minister said that Pakistan had informed Afghan government that terrorists carried out attacks and other sabotage activities in our country from Afghanistan, adding that Afghan government had told that it had no writ on 40 percent of its territory which is stronghold of Taliban.

The U.S. will send up to 3,900 more U.S. troops to Afghanistan as part of the strategy, according to media reports.

Trump said more troops were required to close spaces that allow extremist groups to thrive.

Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi is chairing a high-level meet with powerful Pakistani generals and political leaders at his residence to formulate an appropriate "detailed reply" to US policy on afghanistan and President Donald Trump's accusation of Pakistan being a "safe haven" for terrorists.

On Monday, Trump presented a new strategy for Afghanistan at the US Army's Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall.

On Thursday, the country's civilian leadership and military commanders strongly dismissed the Trump administration's allegations, insisting that Pakistan had done more than any other country in the fight against terrorism. He claimed Trump's new policy showed his administration's commitment to shaping a stable future for Afghanistan.

The United States waged a "war on terror" in Afghanistan not long after the 9/11 attacks. "No partnership can survive a country's harboring of militants and terrorists who target USA service members and officials", Trump said.

"The external enablement of these terrorists is one of the reasons that they're able to survive", said Nicholson, adding that dialogue with Pakistan has already started and will be conducted in private.

He said that Pakistan had longstanding multidimensional relationship with the US.

Abbasi on Wednesday dashed to Saudi Arabia for a day-long visit following Trump's policy speech, and held a meeting with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman.

Observing that Pakistan has much to gain from partnering with our efforts in the region, the official warned that at the same time it also has much to lose by failing to take adequate steps to counter terrorist groups.

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In his speech on Afghanistan this week, Trump also ruled out "a hasty withdrawal" and said there are no limits on troop numbers.