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Letter to PM: Trump seeks Pakistan's help in solving Afghan Taliban issue

Letter to PM: Trump seeks Pakistan's help in solving Afghan Taliban issue

US President Donald Trump sent a letter to Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan requesting his country's help to end the almost two-decades long conflict in Afghanistan, just weeks after engaging in a Twitter spat with the Pakistani leader.

Last month, Trump said in an interview Pakistan doesn't "do a damn thing" for the U.S. despite billions of dollars in USA aid, adding that Pakistani officials knew of former al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden's location before his killing by United States troops in a 2011 raid inside Pakistan.

Federal Minister for Human Rights Dr Shireen Mazari on Tuesday said US President Donald Trump was compelled to perform a reality check after Prime Minister Imran Khan's response to his "offensive tweets" against Pakistan.

Reporting from Islamabad, Al Jazeera's Kamal Hyder said that Pakistan has some levarage over the Afghan Taliban, who are winning the war in Afghanistan. In his letter Donald Trump has made it clear that Pakistan's full support in this regard "is fundamental" to building an enduring US-Pakistan partnership.

Pakistan's Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry said Khan received the letter Monday morning.

Islamabad would help facilitate any talks "in good faith", the ministry added. "Peace and stability in Afghanistan remains a shared responsibility", Faisal concluded.

"We will try our best to bring the Afghan Taliban to the negotiating table with America", he said.

Ties between the USA and Pakistan strained after Trump, while announcing his Afghanistan and South Asia policy in August past year, hit out at Pakistan for providing safe havens to "agents of chaos" that kill Americans in Afghanistan and warned Islamabad that it has "much to lose" by harbouring terrorists.

The US embassy in Islamabad had no immediate comment on the letter.

According to Imtiaz Gul, a Pakistani analyst, Mr Trump's letter indicates there is a realisation within the United States administration that Pakistan's co-operation is vital to ensuring peace in Afghanistan.

".We no longer pay Pakistan the $Billions because they would take our money and do nothing for us, Bin Laden being a prime example, Afghanistan being another".

Earlier, during an address in a ceremony related to government's 100 days, PM Imran said he will give eggs ‎and chickens to rural women so they can start their own poultry business.