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US “Really Messed It Up” In Afghanistan, Says Pakistan PM Imran Khan

Imran Khan criticised the US for attempting to “look for a military solution in Afghanistan.” (File)

Islamabad:

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has stated that the US “really messed it up” in Afghanistan as he questioned the American motive for the 2001 invasion of the nation within the first place after which their subsequent makes an attempt of searching for a political resolution with the Taliban from a place of weak spot.

Khan additionally stated that the one good resolution to Afghanistan’s state of affairs is thru a political settlement that’s “inclusive” an” entails all factions, together with the Taliban.

“I feel the US has actually messed it up in Afghanistan,” Khan stated throughout an interview with Judy Woodruff on PBS NewsHour, an American information programme, aired on Tuesday night time, Dawn newspaper reported.

Under a take care of the Taliban, the US and its NATO allies agreed to withdraw all troops in return for a dedication by the militants that they might stop extremist teams from working in areas they management. US President Joe Biden has introduced that American troops might be overseas by August 31.

The Taliban dominated Afghanistan by brute pressure from 1996 to 2001 when the US invasion toppled their authorities.

The US invaded Afghanistan in October, 2001 after the Taliban refused handy over al-Qaeda”s chief Osama bin Laden, who was behind the September 11, 2001, terror assaults in America.

Khan criticised the US for attempting to “search for a army resolution in Afghanistan, when there by no means was one”.

“And folks like me who saved saying that there isn’t any army resolution, who know the historical past of Afghanistan, we have been known as – folks like me have been known as anti-American. I used to be known as Taliban Khan,” Khan stated.

He lamented that by the point the US realised that there was no army resolution in Afghanistan, “sadly, the bargaining energy of the Americans or the NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organisation forces) had gone”.

The prime minister stated the US ought to have opted for a political settlement a lot earlier, when there have been as many as 150,000 NATO troops in Afghanistan.

“But as soon as that they had diminished the troops to barely 10,000, after which, once they gave an exit date, the Taliban thought that they had gained. And so, due to this fact, it was very tough for now to get them to compromise,” he stated.

When the interviewer requested whether or not he thought the Taliban resurgence was a optimistic growth for Afghanistan, the prime minister reiterated that the one good end result could be a political settlement, “which is inclusive”.

“Obviously, Taliban (might be) a part of that authorities,” he added.

Khan described the “worst-case situation” as being one where Afghanistan descends into a civil war. “From Pakistan’s viewpoint, that’s the worst-case situation, as a result of we then … we face two situations, one (of them being) a refugee drawback,” he stated.

“Already, Pakistan is internet hosting over three million Afghan refugees. And what we worry is {that a} protracted civil conflict would [bring] extra refugees. And our financial state of affairs shouldn’t be such that we will have one other inflow,” he stated.

Elaborating on the second drawback, he expressed issues that the fallout of a possible civil conflict throughout the border may “move into Pakistan”.

Prime Minister Khan defined that the Taliban have been ethnic Pashtuns and “if this (civil conflict and violence in Afghanistan) goes on, the Pashtuns on our aspect might be drawn into it.”

“That … is the very last thing we would like,” he stated.

When requested about Pakistan’s alleged army, intelligence and monetary assist to Afghanistan, he replied: “I discover this extraordinarily unfair”.

Khan stated that 70,000 Pakistanis had died within the aftermath of the US conflict in Afghanistan, even when “Pakistan had nothing to do with what occurred [in New York on September 11, 2001].”

At the time, Al Qaeda was based mostly in Afghanistan and “there have been no militant Taliban in Pakistan,” he stated, sustaining that no Pakistani nationwide was concerned within the assault on the World Trade Centre.

“We had nothing to do with,” he repeated, regretting that the conflict in Afghanistan had resulted in a lack of $150 billion to Pakistan’s economic system.

When questioned about his controversial remarks on rape, which had drawn widespread criticism and earned him rebuke from civil society, political circles and on social media, Khan stated that “anybody who commits rape, solely and solely, that individual is accountable.”

“No matter no matter, how a lot ever a lady is provocative or no matter she wears, the one that commits rape, he’s totally accountable. Never is the sufferer accountable,” he clarified.

In an interview with HBO final month, Khan had stated: “If a lady is carrying only a few garments, it would have an effect on males until they’re robots. I imply it is common sense. If you could have a society the place folks have not seen that kind of factor it would have an effect on them.”

He claimed that his feedback within the HBO interview have been taken out of context.

He stated that he would by no means say “such a silly factor” that “an individual who’s raped is accountable … It’s all the time the rapist that’s accountable.”

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV workers and is revealed from a syndicated feed.)

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