Impressed by the statement of American leaders, Imran said – paid a heavy price for supporting America in Afghanistan
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has been stunned by the statements of American leaders about the role of Pakistan in Afghanistan. He has now said in his clarification that Pakistan has paid a heavy price for supporting America in Afghanistan. In an interview with Russian media, the Prime Minister of Pakistan said that Pakistan is being unnecessarily pointed fingers for America's failure in Afghanistan.
Imran's remarks came after the Foreign Affairs Committee in the US Senate directly held Pakistan responsible for helping the Taliban. US lawmakers have demanded action against Pakistan. "As a Pakistani, I am deeply saddened by some of the remarks made by those senators. Blaming Pakistan for this debacle in Afghanistan is the most painful thing for us to hear.
When the 9/11 terrorist attack took place in America, the situation in Pakistan was bad. General Pervez Musharraf took power in a military coup. He then became president and was seeking aid from America for his government. The commitment of Pakistani support to the invasion of Afghanistan helped to secure US military aid, but Khan believes this was a wrong decision. It isolated the Mujahideen forces, which Pakistani intelligence had helped build two decades earlier as part of America's anti-Soviet campaign in Afghanistan.
Imran said about this, 'We had trained them to fight against foreign aggression. It was a holy war, a jihad. With the American invasion, Pakistan was telling the same people that 'the fight against the Americans is terrorism'. So they turned against us. They called us allies.
Earlier this week US Secretary of State Antony Blinken faced questions from US lawmakers about the withdrawal from Afghanistan last month and efforts to rescue people and deal with a future Taliban government. Parliamentarians across party lines demanded more stringent action against Pakistan for its role in Afghanistan.