Envoy rejects US lawmaker’s declare of Pakistan’s hand in Taliban advance


WASHINGTON:

Pakistan’s Ambassador to the United States, Asad Majeed Khan, has disputed a declare by a US lawmaker that Pakistan’s army technique led to the defeat of the Afghan military by the hands of the Taliban.

In a letter addressed to Republican Congressman Mike Waltz, a former US military officer who served in Afghanistan, the ambassador mentioned that Islamabad and Washington had in truth been working collectively in the direction of an inclusive political settlement within the war-torn nation.

“Our two countries share a fundamental interest in ensuring that Afghanistan would never again become a sanctuary for terrorist groups,” he mentioned. It was “unfortunate that your letter mischaracterises Pakistan’s role in Afghanistan”, he instructed Congressman Waltz.

The Pakistani envoy was responding to a letter written by Waltz to President Joe Biden, forward of the autumn of President Ashraf Ghani’s authorities, by which he had claimed that Pakistan’s army technique was dictating the Taliban advance in Afghanistan and referred to as for penalising Islamabad.

“The contention that Pakistan’s ‘military strategy’ was somehow the decisive factor in the defeat of the 300,000-strong Afghan National Defence and Security Forces (ANDS) – trained and equipped at the cost of at least $83 billion to the American taxpayer – does not square with the US government’s own assessments about the issues of low morale, desertions, and ‘ghost soldiers’ that had long plagued the ANDSF,” he mentioned.

“As the (US) Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction had been reporting (till it was barred from doing so by the Pentagon), the Afghan authorities had been steadily shedding territory to the Taliban for a few years, Khan mentioned, including that the ultimate collapse of the Afghan authorities was thus stunning however hardly stunning.

“As someone who has served his country in uniform and with distinction, you know that demoralised soldiers do not fight for a corrupt, kleptocratic leadership that will bolt at the first hint of trouble,” he wrote to Congressman Waltz.

On its half, he mentioned Pakistan’s management had constantly made it clear that it had no favourites in Afghanistan and would work with any authorities in Kabul that had the assist of the Afghan individuals.

He identified that Pakistan had joined the United States, China, and Russia in explicitly opposing any effort to impose a authorities by pressure in Kabul. “We continued to urge both the Afghan government and the Taliban to show flexibility and engage more meaningfully in order to secure a political settlement and a comprehensive ceasefire. Unfortunately, neither side is in any mood to listen.”

Even after the autumn of the Ghani regime, the letter mentioned, “we have continued to support the formation of a broad-based government in Kabul” that represented Afghanistan’s ethnic range and preserved the spectacular social and democratic positive factors it had made since 2001.

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“It may interest you to learn that on the very day that President Ghani abandoned his people and fled abroad, Pakistan was hosting a diverse group of Afghan politicians – including leaders from the former Northern Alliance – as part of its continuing efforts to promote a common understanding on Afghanistan’s political future,” Ambassador Khan mentioned.

“The swift collapse of the Afghan government has, if anything, proven the futility of investing more effort and money into finding a military solution to a political problem.”

Recounting among the efforts Pakistan was making in evacuating Americans and Afghans from Kabul, he mentioned the Pakistani embassy in Kabul issuing visas. “Our doors and borders are open to the Afghan people who still look to Pakistan as their first port of call in moments of distress – notwithstanding the erstwhile Afghan regime’s deliberate campaign to poison relations between our two countries”.

Pakistan International Airlines, he added, had been ferrying overseas diplomats, journalists, and worldwide help employees out of Afghanistan, and that Pakistan has additionally been working carefully with US authorities on the bottom in Kabul and in Islamabad to assist the secure and orderly evacuation of Americans and Afghans from Hamid Karzai International airport.

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