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Washington's scapegoating of Pakistan for US failure in Afghanistan was 'most painful factor,' PM Khan tells RT

Washington's scapegoating of Pakistan for US failure in Afghanistan was 'most painful thing,' PM Khan tells RT


Pakistan paid a heavy worth for siding with the US in its occupation of Afghanistan, so listening to American politicians blame Islamabad for its humiliating retreat hurts, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has mentioned.

Chatting with RT, Khan expressed his anger in direction of American officers who’ve pointed fingers at Islamabad when apportioning blame for the US failure in Afghanistan. He highlighted the latest Senate Overseas Relations Committee hearings for instance of this irritating rhetoric.

“As a Pakistani, I felt deeply damage by among the remarks made by these senators. Accountable Pakistan for this debacle in Afghanistan is probably the most painful factor for us to take heed to,” he mentioned.

Pakistan was in a tremulous state of affairs when the 9/11 terrorist assaults occurred within the US. Pervez Musharraf, a common who’d come to energy via a navy coup, had simply been elected president and was in search of US help for his authorities. Committing Pakistani assist to the invasion of Afghanistan helped safe American navy support, however, Khan believes, was nonetheless a incorrect name. It alienated the ujahideen forces, which the Pakistani intelligence helped construct up simply twenty years in the past as a part of the US anti-Soviet marketing campaign in Afghanistan.

“We now have educated them to battle towards a international occupation. It was a holy conflict, a jihad,” he mentioned. And with the People invading, Pakistan was telling the identical folks that “a battle towards the People was terrorism. In order that they turned towards us. They known as us collaborators.”

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The Afghan insurgency naturally discovered allies in Pakistan’s tribal areas alongside the border. The Pashtun tribes residing there had an ethnic reference to the predominantly-Pashtun Taliban, so many supported the Taliban towards Islamabad. And the nation suffered.

“There have been insider assaults towards the Pakistani military, who had educated the mujahideen,” the prime minister mentioned. “There have been two suicide assaults on common Musharraf from throughout the military.”

Drone wars unleashed on Pakistan below the Obama administration to push again the insurgency did not assist both, he added. It was “the one time in historical past when a rustic was being bombed by its ally. 280,000 drone assaults have been performed in Pakistan by the US.”

Khan estimated the price of serving to the US with a conflict, that had nothing to do with Pakistan within the first place, at 80,000 in misplaced lives alone. There have been additionally tens of 1000’s maimed and important financial injury. Being accused of “double-dealing” and offering a “secure haven to the Taliban,” as chairman Robert Menendez put it in the course of the Senate hearings, felt just like the US refused to acknowledge all these sacrifices, Khan mentioned.

Being made a scapegoat for the [US] failure in Afghanistan was probably the most painful factor.

The state of affairs in Afghanistan was the principle subject of the interview, which the prime minister gave to RT on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Group (SCO) summit in Tajikistan. The Asian safety bloc contains many neighbors of the nation that’s now below Taliban management. One among them, Iran, had its standing within the group upgraded to full membership in the course of the gathering.

Khan mentioned that, whereas his nation will not be in a rush to acknowledge the brand new Taliban authorities as respectable, the world neighborhood wants to help the militant motion in stabilizing Afghanistan, as a result of the choice can be dangerous for everybody.

“I feel the one one selection left is to incentivize [the Taliban], to encourage them to stay to the guarantees and bulletins they’ve made about an inclusive authorities, about human rights, [about] giving amnesty to everybody,” he mentioned. “Hopefully, if it really works, you’ll be able to have peace in Afghanistan for the primary time in 40 years.”

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Punishing the Taliban with sanctions and isolation would trigger struggling to the Afghan individuals, he mentioned. The US-backed authorities relied on international support to fund most of its price range, so “if international support disappears, the nation will collapse,” he warned. A chaotic Afghanistan can be a breeding floor for worldwide terrorism and a supply of refugees, which might have implications everywhere in the world.

Sadly, thus far the Taliban was not significantly forthcoming on doing what it had promised, as exemplified by who was included in its new cupboard. Khan believes the victory over the US, which was a formidable feat, made many individuals within the motion’s navy management need to reap rewards, penalties be damned.

The Taliban’s was “one of the epic struggles anybody might have gone via. After 20 years, they’ve survived one of many biggest navy machines within the historical past of mankind,” he identified.

“But I feel throughout the Taliban there are individuals who really feel that until they get all different minorities, sects and teams, till they get everybody below their umbrella, their authorities will stay unstable,” he added. Such an inclusive authorities is the one factor that may lead Afghanistan to long-term stability, Khan believes.

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