Pakistan has “harboured” members of the Taliban, including terrorists from the proscribed Haqqani Network, and needs to “line up” with a broad majority of the international community regarding Afghanistan, US secretary of state Antony Blinken said on Monday. The top diplomat said Pakistan has a “multiplicity of interests”, including some that are in “clear conflict” with that of the United States, when asked about how the US sees Islamabad’s involvement in Afghanistan. Blinken, while testifying before Congress on the Taliban victory in Afghanistan, said India’s involvement in Afghanistan has influenced some “detrimental” actions by Pakistan.
We have to look at an insistence that every country, including Pakistan, make good on the expectations. The international community has what is required of a Taliban-led government. if it’s to receive any legitimacy of any kind or any support,” Blinken told the House Foreign Affairs Committee”. So Pakistan needs to line up with a broad majority of the international community in working toward those ends.
Pakistan has deep ties with the Taliban.
Pakistan has had deep ties with the Taliban and is accused of supporting the group overtly and covertly. Islamabad denies Those charges. Pakistan is also considered as one of the two countries, along with Qatar, with the most influence over the Talibani. Many senior Taliban leaders escaped after the US-led invasion of Afghanistan in 2001. Saleh alleged that ISI micromanaged the Taliban earlier this month. Pakistan’s notorious intelligence agency—and that Islamabad is in charge of Afghanistan effectively as a colonial power. US lawmaker Bill Keating during the testimony reminded Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s remarks after the Taliban seized control. “Prime Minister Khan claimed Afghanistan had broken the shackles of slavery. So we used to always hear diplomatically that we have a complicated relationship with Pakistan. I would say it’s often duplicitous,” he said.