During an interview with CNN the Prime Minister Imran Khan said that the international community should engage with the Taliban and “incentivize” them on issues such as women’s rights and inclusive government to achieve peace and stability in Afghanistan.
The Premier said in an interview that the world community should remain engaged with Afghanistan to help it come out of the current situation, added that “Taliban are looking for international aid to avoid a crisis,” He also warned that Afghanistan could not be controlled by outside forces.
The PM Imran Khan said that no one can predict where Afghanistan goes from here and one can only hope and pray that they get peace after 40 years of war.
He said that “Afghanistan could have peace after 40 years, But if it goes wrong and which is what we are really worried about, it could go to chaos, The biggest humanitarian crisis, a huge refugee problem,”
The PM Imran Khan said it was a “fallacy” that Afghanistan could be controlled from outside, saying history showed “no puppet government in Afghanistan is supported by the people”, So rather than sitting here and thinking that we can control them, we should incentivize them.
He further added that “The current government in Afghanistan clearly feels that without international aid and help, they will not be able to stop this crisis. So we should push them in the right
While responding to a question on Pakistan and United States relations, He said that he had not spoken with US President Joe Biden since the Taliban takeover.
The Premier replied to a question asked about Biden hadn’t called him since coming into office “I would imagine he’s very busy, but our relationship with the US is not just dependent on a phone call, it needs to be a multidimensional relationship,”
He said that he repeatedly warned US officials that America could not achieve its objectives militarily, and would “be stuck there.” the US should have attempted a political settlement with the Taliban.
The Premier also highlight that thousands of Pakistanis lost their lives in terrorist attacks by militant groups for becoming an ally of the US.
He maintained that “Just because we sided with the US, we became an ally of the US after 9/11 and the war in Afghanistan, The suffering this country went through with at one point there were 50 militant groups attacking our government… on top of it, they must also know there were 480 drone attacks by the US in Pakistan,”
While talking about Women’s rights in Afghanistan under the new government of Taliban’s, He said: “It is a mistake to think that someone from outside can give Afghan women their rights.”
The PM Imran Khan said that the women in the neighboring country are strong and the global community should give them time and they will get their rights themselves.
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