Pakistan has a “multiplicity of pursuits” in Afghanistan, together with “some which can be in battle with ours”, United States Secretary of State Antony J Blinken advised Congress on Monday.
The US, Blinken mentioned, can be taking a look at its relationship with Pakistan within the coming weeks to resolve what position Washington would need it to play in the way forward for Afghanistan.
His assertion is critical as a result of Pakistan has large affect on the bottom in Afghanistan, with the ISI-backed Haqqani Community calling the photographs 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 advised the Home of Representatives Overseas 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 Growth, Worldwide Organisations and International Company Social Influence, requested Blinken whether or not, given Pakistan’s longtime help for the Taliban and the harbouring of the group’s leaders through the years, 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 think about.
“For the explanations you cited in addition to others, this is among the issues we can be taking a look at within the day and weeks forward, the position that Pakistan has performed during the last 20 years and the position we’d need to see it play within the coming years and what it’ll take for it to do this,” he mentioned.
Pointer to means ahead
The Biden administration is dealing with anger on Capitol Hill over the way of the exit from Afghanistan, and Pakistan’s ‘duplicitous’ position. Blinken’s assertion is critical because the ISI has enormous leverage over the Taliban authorities.
Blinken confronted powerful 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 Overseas Affairs Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia, Power, and the Surroundings, 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 sturdy ties with the Haqqani Community which is answerable for the dying of US troopers,” Keating mentioned. 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 advised that relations with Pakistan are sophisticated; I say it’s duplicitous,” Keating mentioned. The US should reassess its relations with Pakistan, he mentioned.
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.