As the Taliban take control of Kabul, Islamabad claims that continued foreign military presence would not have resulted in a different outcome.
As hundreds of Afghans rushed into Pakistan at a southern border crossing, Pakistan said the US decision to remain committed to a full troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, despite the Afghan Taliban’s quick takeover, is a “logical conclusion” to the Afghan conflict.
On Monday, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan met with the country’s senior military and civilian authorities at a National Security Committee (NSC) meeting in Islamabad, Pakistan’s capital.
Pakistan has called on all Afghan parties to protect human rights and guarantee that Afghan soil is not used against other nations, according to the NSC, which comprises Pakistani army leader General Qamar Javed Bajwa and intelligence chief Lieutenant-General Faiz Hameed.
“The NSC reiterated Pakistan’s stance that the conflict in Afghanistan never had a military solution,” said a statement issued after the meeting.
“The ideal time to end the conflict through negotiations might have been when the US/NATO troops were at maximum military strength in Afghanistan. Continuation of foreign military presence for a longer duration now would not have yielded a different outcome.”
The decision by US President Joe Biden to keep withdrawing troops was described as “a logical conclusion to this conflict,” according to the statement.
“It is now time for the international community to work together to ensure an inclusive political settlement for long term peace, security and development of Afghanistan [and] the region.”
Earlier on Monday, making a speech at the launch of a Pakistani educational curriculum project, PM Khan briefly alluded to the Afghan conflict while speaking about the need to break the chains of cultural imperialism.
“Right now in Afghanistan they have broken the chains of slavery but to break the chains of mental slavery, those do not break,” he said.
Source: AL JAZEERA