Pakistan has a “multiplicity of pursuits” in Afghanistan, together with “some which are in battle with ours”, United States Secretary of State Antony J Blinken informed Congress on Monday.
The US, Blinken stated, can be its relationship with Pakistan within the coming weeks to determine what position Washington would need it to play in the way forward for Afghanistan.
His assertion is critical as a result of Pakistan has great affect on the bottom in Afghanistan, with the ISI-backed Haqqani Community calling the pictures within the Taliban cupboard.
“It (Pakistan) is one that’s concerned (in) hedging its bets continuously about the way forward for Afghanistan, it’s one which’s concerned (in) harbouring members of the Taliban…,” Blinken informed the Home of Representatives International Affairs Committee.
“It’s one which’s additionally concerned in numerous factors (of) cooperation with us on counterterrorism,” Blinken added.
Congressman Joaquin Castro, Democrat from Texas and Chair of the Subcommittee on Worldwide Improvement, Worldwide Organisations and World Company Social Impression, requested Blinken whether or not, given Pakistan’s longtime assist for the Taliban and the harbouring of the group’s leaders over time, it was time for the US to reassess its relationship with Islamabad, and its standing as a Main non-NATO ally (MNNA).
Blinken replied that this was one thing that the US would take into account.
“For the explanations you cited in addition to others, this is without doubt one of the issues we can be within the day and weeks forward, the position that Pakistan has performed over the past 20 years and the position we’d wish to see it play within the coming years and what it is going to take for it to do this,” he stated.
Pointer to means ahead
The Biden administration is going through anger on Capitol Hill over the way of the exit from Afghanistan, and Pakistan’s ‘duplicitous’ position. Blinken’s assertion is critical for the reason that ISI has big leverage over the Taliban authorities.
Blinken confronted robust questions from lawmakers who scrutinised the Biden administration’s response to the scenario in Afghanistan, together with America’s chaotic exit from the nation as Kabul fell to the Taliban and President Ashraf Ghani fled.
Congressman Invoice Keating, Democrat from Massachusetts who’s Chair of the Home International Affairs Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia, Power, and the Setting, and Member of the Home Armed Providers Committee, described Pakistan’s position as “duplicitous”.
“They (Pakistan) created, named, and helped the Taliban regroup in 2010 in Pakistan, and the ISI has robust ties with the Haqqani Community which is accountable for the demise of US troopers,” Keating stated. He added that Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan had celebrated the Taliban takeover of Kabul, and described it as “breaking the shackles of slavery”.
“Congress has been informed that relations with Pakistan are difficult; I say it’s duplicitous,” Keating stated. The US should reassess its relations with Pakistan, he stated.
India has been reaching out to US lawmakers over the previous few weeks. India’s Ambassador in Washington DC, Taranjit Singh Sandhu, has been discussing points associated to Afghanistan with them.