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Pakistan dismisses reports of helping Taliban, Imran Khan says US has messed it up in Afghanistan

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Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan once again stressed the country’s point that the United States has messed it up in Afghanistan.

In an interview with PBS NewsHour Imran Khan said that the US should have opted for a political solution when the presence of NATO forces in Afghanistan were at an all-time high and not when they had reduced the troops to barely 10,000.

“I think the US has really messed it up in Afghanistan,” he told PBS NewsHour.

According to Mr Khan, an inclusive political settlement that involves all factions, including the Taliban, will be the ‘only good outcome for Afghanistan.’

Pakistan has been long accused of helping the Taliban militarily, financially and with intelligence inputs in their fight against the Afghan government, which Imran Khan dismisses as extremely unfair.

Imran Khan on Afghanistan and Taliban

He says that thousands of Pakistanis lost their lives in the aftermath of the US war in Afghanistan when Pakistan had nothing to do with what happened on September 11, 2001, in New York.

A recent report claims that 10,000 Pakistani fighters have crossed over the border to help the Taliban. But Imran Khan calls this absolute nonsense. “Why don’t they give us evidence of this?”

Pakistan’s PM stressed that his country hosts three million Aghan refugees of which the majority are Pashtuns, the same ethnic group as the Taliban fighters.

Now, there are camps of 500,000 people, there are camps of 100,000 people. And Taliban are not some military outfits, they are normal civilians. And if there are some civilians in these camps, how is Pakistan supposed to hunt these people down? How can you call them sanctuaries?” he questioned.

Moreover, as per a report prepared for the UNSC, about 6,000 terrorists of Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan are operating on the Afghan side of the border.

While the TTP has distinctive anti-Pakistan objectives, it also supports the Afghan Taliban militants inside Afghanistan against Afghan Forces, the report by the UN Analytical Support and Sanctions Monitoring Team claims.

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Hina Fatima Khan
Hina Fatima Khanhttps://thevocalnews.com/
Multi-media Journalist based in India with an experience of 7 years in the industry, Hina Fatima Khan works as a Senior Sub-Editor at The Vocal News. Her areas of interest are Politics, Business, History and World Affairs. She is also a Space enthusiast and enjoys scrabble in the Newspapers. She has done Masters in Convergent Journalism from Mass communication Research Centre (MCRC), Jamia Millia Islamia University.
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