The function of Pakistan in enabling the Taliban is a victory for the hardliners within the nation’s authorities, a prime American lawmaker has mentioned, asserting that the unfolding developments in Afghanistan and the function being performed by Islamabad in Kabul should not sending a superb message to India.
Republican Senator Marco Rubio, throughout a Congressional listening to on Afghanistan on Thursday, mentioned a number of US administrations had been responsible of ignoring Pakistan’s function in serving to the Taliban to regroup, as different US senators expressed concern over the “double dealing” of Islamabad.
“India … I do know that there was an announcement in the present day there will be a gathering of the Quad pretty quickly, which is an effective growth, besides that the Indo-Pacific area, in case you are India, you are this and saying, ‘If the United States allowed Pakistan to unravel their standing,” he said.
“Because the Pakistani role in all this – and I think multiple administrations are guilty of ignoring it. The Pakistani role in enabling the Taliban is ultimately a victory for those pro-Taliban hardliners in the Pakistani government,” Marc Rubio told Antony Blinken.
US President Joe Biden would host the first in-person Quad summit on September 24 in Washington which will be attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of Australia Scott Morrison and Japanese premier Yoshihide Suga.
The four leaders would discuss promoting a free and open Indo-Pacific, addressing the climate crisis and deepening their ties and advancing practical cooperation on areas like combating COVID-19, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said on Monday.
“They (Indians) have to be looking at this and saying if the United States could have, you know, a third-rate power like Pakistan unravel its aims, what chance do they have of confronting China? So, I think this leaves us in a terrible situation,” Mr Rubio said during the Congressional hearing on Afghanistan convened by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
He said that all these years, while the Taliban was suffering casualties, they enjoyed safe haven in Pakistan.
“They were able to go there to rest, to refit, to train, to recruit. And so, in summary, even before the withdrawal, we had a terrible status quo. The security forces, a small number of US forces, you know, continued to die,” he said.
Senator Mike Rounds said Pakistan was considering the Taliban government as a partner to counter India.
Mr Rounds said the Iranian president has openly called this an American military defeat and is considering working with the Taliban.
In his remarks, Senator Robert Menendez, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, spoke about the “double-dealing by Pakistan” and “providing a safe haven” to the Taliban.
Senator James Risch told Mr Blinken that the United States must understand Pakistan’s role in this entire matter.
Mr Blinken on Monday told angry US lawmakers that the US will look at the role Pakistan played in the last 20 years after the lawmakers expressed outrage over Pakistan’s “duplicitous” half in Afghanistan put up 9/11 and demanded that Washington reassess its relationship with Islamabad.
The US lawmakers additionally urged the Biden administration to reassess Pakistan’s standing as a significant non-NATO ally.
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