Islamabad, Pakistan, 09/28/2021 / Islamabad News Bureau /
The prime minister, Imran Khan, wrote in a Washington Post opinion article that foreign assistance will give the Taliban “more motivation” to keep their commitments. “Today, with Afghanistan at another crossroads, we must look to the future to prevent another violent conflict in that country rather than perpetuating the blame game of the past,” Imran continued.
Engaging with the Taliban, according to the prime minister, was the “right thing” to do to guarantee Afghanistan’s peace.
“The international community will want to see the inclusion of major ethnic groups in government, respect for the rights of all Afghans and commitments that Afghan soil shall never again be used for terrorism…Taliban leaders will have greater reason and ability to stick to their promises if they are assured of the consistent humanitarian and developmental assistance.”
PM Imran stated that he has opposed the military option to the Afghanistan issue since 2001, but also that “successive Pakistani governments after 9/11 sought to please the United States instead of pointing out the error of a military-dominated approach”.
“Desperate for global relevance and domestic legitimacy, Pakistan’s military dictator Pervez Musharraf agreed to every American demand for military support after 9/11. This cost Pakistan, and the United States, dearly,” he claimed, adding that Pakistan was directed to target organisations trained by the CIA and ISI to counter Soviet forces.
According to Imran, the Pashtun clans in the tribal regions have “strong ethnic links with the Taliban and other militants,” and the US is just as much a “occupier of Afghanistan” as the Soviet Union was. According to the prime minister, Pakistan’s assistance to the US led to terrorist strikes within the country.
According to him, Pakistan has endured more than 80,000 fatalities and has lost more than $150 billion in economic losses as a result of the fighting, which has forced 3.5 million Pakistani people to flee their homes.
According to the prime minister, Pakistan was able to overcome the terror wave due to “public backing” for the army and intelligence services.
“In Afghanistan, the lack of legitimacy for an outsider’s protracted war was compounded by a corrupt and inept Afghan government, seen as a puppet regime without credibility, especially by rural Afghans,” the PM remarked, referring to the fall of the Ghani-led Afghan government.