Pakistan can live without USA help, says Pakistan foreign minister

Pakistan can live without USA help, says Pakistan foreign minister

Pakistan can live without USA help, says Pakistan foreign minister

Returning from a UN Security Council visit to Afghanistan, US Ambassador Nikki Haley on Wednesday stressed the Kabul government wants world powers to step up pressure on Pakistan.

The relations were further hit after Pakistan said it will not share intelligence inputs with U.S. security agencies.

He expressed optimisms regarding the launch of the informal talks and said the Taliban group also supports intra-Afghan talks in a bid to end the ongoing violence in the country.

A former United States diplomat has called for designating Pakistan as a "state sponsor of terrorism" and said Islamabad's status as a major non-NATO ally for the US should also be taken away.

"They continue to make 10 steps forward, and with Pakistan they feel like they continue to take steps backward", she said.

The remarks by Ambassador Nikki Haley at the United Nations in New York City on January 17 came amid reports that Taliban negotiators held exploratory talks on resuming peace negotiations during a visit to the Pakistani capital, Islamabad, this week.

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The Taliban supreme leader Mullah Hebatullah has reportedly approved the visit of a Taliban delegation to Islamabad for preliminary talks on exploring ways to revive peace talks. "We have to stand up to those who accuse us of harbouring terrorists", he remarked.

The former diplomat also asserted the on the need to impose travel and financial restrictions on individuals and states who support and have connections with terrorism.

Reuters reported that the Taliban's Haqqani network last week released 14 captured Afghan Army soldiers in the eastern province of Paktia as a goodwill gesture ahead of the talks.

Russian Federation is ready to provide a platform for direct talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban, according to the Foreign Ministry Wednesday.

The Taliban group spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid had earlier rejected the participation of the group's representatives in the unofficial talks that took place in Turkey.

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