Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan says the US is in a state of ‘shock and confusion’ after the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan.
Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan has stated the US authorities will “ultimately” must recognise the Taliban, which now guidelines Afghanistan.
In a televised interview with the Turkish-state affiliated TRT World, Khan stated on Saturday the US is in a state of “shock and confusion” after the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan on August 15.
Khan additionally acknowledged that the US public is presently on the lookout for a scapegoat and “unfairly focusing on” US President Joe Biden.
Critics have stated the West-backed authorities collapsed following Biden’s resolution to tug out US troops from Afghanistan. Regardless of intense strain, Biden caught to the August 31 deadline to withdraw troops, ending the US’s longest warfare.
The US troop withdrawal was a part of an settlement with the Taliban signed below former President Donald Trump in 2020. The settlement signed within the Qatari capital Doha additionally requested the Taliban to not enable armed teams akin to al-Qaeda to make use of Afghan soil to hold out assaults in opposition to the US and its allies.
However the dramatic navy takeover of Afghanistan by the Taliban has prompted the US and worldwide monetary establishments to chop ties with the nation. Afghan central financial institution belongings price greater than $9bn are frozen by the US triggering a liquidity disaster.
‘Unfreeze the Afghan reserves’
The Pakistani prime minister burdened that if the US doesn’t unfreeze the Afghan reserves, the nation may face a “chaotic state of affairs”, and that the US has to give you an answer.
Pakistan, which neighbours Afghanistan, fears that an financial and humanitarian disaster can have a spillover impact on it. It already hosts practically 3.5 million Afghan refugees.
Islamabad is taken into account to have shut ties with the Taliban, lots of whose management stayed in Pakistan in the course of the 20 years of warfare in opposition to the US occupation. Khan’s authorities has been calling on Western governments to cope with the Taliban.
When Khan was requested if he was “pro-Taliban”, he responded that he’s “anti-military options” and that the one strategy to resolve the battle in Afghanistan is thru peaceable means.
Khan went on to say that Pakistan alone recognising Taliban wouldn’t “make a lot distinction” however a joint recognition of regional powers and neighbours can be a greater resolution.
Through the interview, Khan revealed that his authorities is presently in peace talks with a number of the teams inside the Pakistan Taliban, recognized by the acronym TTP, and he additional revealed that the talks are being held in Afghanistan and if reconciliation is achieved, members of the organisation can be “forgiven”.
The Pakistani prime minister stated the priority on human rights abuses shouldn’t be “selective” within the worldwide group and that the lockdown of Indian-administered Kashmir by the Indian navy must also be addressed.
He identified that Afghanistan is presently passing by means of a historic stage and was both transferring in the direction of stability after the wars that lasted 4 many years, or going within the mistaken path, chaos and an enormous humanitarian and refugee crises which is able to have an effect on all of Afghanistan’s neighbours.
In response to the query in regards to the relations between Pakistan and the US, Khan stated the 2 nations are in fixed contact with one another.