United States Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken advised Congress on Monday that Pakistan has many pursuits in Afghanistan, together with these which are in our battle.
Blinken mentioned the US would contemplate its relationship with Pakistan within the coming weeks to find out what function Washington want to play in Afghanistan’s future.
His assertion assumes significance as Pakistan has super affect on the bottom in Afghanistan, with the ISI-backed Haqqani community calling the pictures within the Taliban cupboard.
“It (Pakistan) is involved in continuously making its bets about the future of Afghanistan, it is involved in harboring members of the Taliban,” Blinken advised the House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee.
“It is he who is also involved in various points (k) cooperation with us against terrorism,” Blinken mentioned.
Congressman Joaquin Castro, a Democrat from Texas and chairman of the Subcommittee on International Development, International Organizations and Global Corporate Social Influence, requested Blinken if it was time for the Taliban to assist Pakistan’s longstanding and harboring group’s leaders over time. . The US will re-evaluate its relationship with Islamabad and its standing as a serious non-NATO ally (MNNA).
Blinken replied that this was one thing the US would contemplate.
“For the reasons you and others cited, this is one of the things that we will see in the coming days and weeks, the role that Pakistan has played in the last 20 years and the role that we want to see. What will he need to do in the coming years and to do so,” he mentioned.
The Biden administration is dealing with anger on Capitol Hill over the way in which out of Afghanistan and Pakistan’s ‘twin’ function. Blinken’s assertion is critical as a result of the ISI has an enormous benefit over the Taliban authorities.
Blinken confronted robust questions from lawmakers who examined the Biden administration’s response to the scenario in Afghanistan, together with the US’ chaotic exit from the nation as Kabul fell into Taliban arms and President Ashraf Ghani fled.
Congressman Bill Keating, a Democrat from Massachusetts who chairs the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia, Energy and the Environment, and is a member of the House Armed Services Committee, described Pakistan’s function as “repetitive”.
“They (Pakistan) regrouped, named and helped the Taliban in Pakistan in 2010, and the ISI has strong ties to the Haqqani network, which is responsible for the deaths of American soldiers,” Keating mentioned. He mentioned Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan celebrated the Taliban takeover of Kabul and described it as “breaking the shackles of slavery”.
“The Congress has been advised that relations with Pakistan are difficult; I say that is repetition,” Keating mentioned. He mentioned the US ought to re-evaluate its relationship with Pakistan.
India has been reaching out to US lawmakers for the previous few weeks. India’s Ambassador to Washington DC Taranjit Singh Sandhu has been discussing points associated to Afghanistan with him.
With inputs from TheIndianEXPRESS