The US is reviewing its ties with Pakistan in view of its role in Afghanistan. The US Secretary of State Antony Blinken delivering a clear message to Pakistan asked it to ‘line up’ with the broad majority of nations to force the Taliban regime to uphold the basic rights of Afghan people, including women and children; allow humanitarian assistance and form a representative government.
Mr Blinken on Monday testified on the pullout of US troops from Afghanistan at a hearing of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
The House lawmakers grilled Antony Blinken on a range of issues relating to the withdrawal, timeline, and the collapse of the Ashraf Ghani government.
Pakistan’s role is coming under increased scrutiny and criticism.
This is a time when Pakistan has reclaimed its position in Afghanistan’s present and future, and its continued influence over the creation of Taliban.
Moreover, the US also needs Pakistan’s cooperation for the safe passage of its citizens, partners out of Afghanistan.
It is to be noted that India has completed more than 500 development projects in Afghanistan in the last 20 years.
India, the US and other countries have said the Taliban regime can expect to get international recognition and legitimacy and financial assistance only if they can verifiably guarantee basic rights for its citizens, including women, children and minorities.
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