Donald Trump’s Afghanistan strategy will lead to ‘perpetual war,’ Pakistani official warns, but that’s what he wants

Donald Trump’s Afghanistan strategy will lead to ‘perpetual war,’ Pakistani official warns

The United States and Afghan forces are preparing a major offensive this year in a bid to reverse significant gains made by the Taliban

Donald Trump’s Afghanistan strategy will embroil the US in a “perpetual war” that is doomed to fail, a senior Pakistani official has warned.

Nasir Khan Janjua, the national security advisor to the Pakistani prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, said attempts to defeat the Taliban militarily would lead only to “prolonged agony” and urged Donald Trump’s administration to negotiate with the group.

The comments come amid mounting tension between Washington and Islamabad after Mr Trump last month suspended aid and accused Pakistan of offering a “safe haven” to terrorists operating in Afghanistan.

Mr Trump’s remarks were greeted with fury in Pakistan, where senior officials immediately accused him of using the country as a “scapegoat” for Western military failures…..more here

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