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Pakistan is only useful to settle the “Afghan mess”: Imran Khan

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“Pakistan is simply regarded to be helpful in the context of somehow resolving this mess that has been left behind after 20 years of trying to find a military solution when there was none,” Imran Khan told foreign media on Wednesday at his residence in Islamabad.

According to Imran Khan, the US believes Pakistan to be helpful solely in the context of resolving the mess left behind in Afghanistan.

Islamabad: In a dig at the United States, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan said that Washington views Pakistan as “useful” only for cleaning up the “mess” it has left in Afghanistan after 20 years of war and prefers India for establishing a “strategic relationship.”


The Taliban’s brutality in Afghanistan has increased since US President Joe Biden announced the departure of American and NATO forces by August 31.

“Pakistan is simply regarded to be helpful in the context of somehow resolving this mess that has been left behind after 20 years of trying to find a military solution when there was none,” Imran Khan told foreign media on Wednesday at his residence in Islamabad.

According to a journalist present at the meeting, Imran Khan said that since the US chose to establish a “strategic relationship” with India, Washington has been treating Pakistan differently.

Islamabad is displeased that Joe Biden has not talked to Imran Khan since becoming the president of the United States in January.

Pakistan’s National Security Adviser, Moeed Yusuf, has voiced dissatisfaction with President Biden’s refusal to call Prime Minister Khan, despite Islamabad’s importance in certain key problems such as Afghanistan.

Mr. Yousuf further said that if the American president continues to disregard the country’s leadership, Islamabad has other “options.”

The US State Department, on the other hand, has informed Islamabad that Washington recognizes Pakistan’s critical role in restoring peace in Afghanistan and wants Islamabad to play it.

This week, US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin talked by phone with Pakistan Army Chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa on the present situation in Afghanistan.

Following the call, the Pentagon said that the US was in discussions with Pakistani officials about the need to close safe havens for Taliban militants along the Afghan-Pakistan border, which are causing further insecurity and instability within Afghanistan.

Afghanistan and the United States have previously chastised Pakistan for enabling Taliban militants to enter the country, where they are given safe havens and medical care.

Imran Khan told international media that a political solution to the Afghan issue was impossible because the Taliban was unwilling to engage with the Kabul administration as long as President Ashraf Ghani remained in power.

During a visit, he said the Taliban informed him the Ghani administration was a “puppet.”

“The condition is that we (the Taliban) would not speak to the Afghan government as long as Ashraf Ghani is there,” Imran Khan reported the Taliban as saying.

Imran Khan has taken a firm stance against the premature departure of US forces from Afghanistan, which has thrown the nation into chaos.

Prime Minister Khan further said that Pakistan would not give bases to US troops after the withdrawal. It was unclear if the US had officially requested the facility.

Pakistan has said that it has used its clout with the Taliban to force the militants into negotiations with the US and the Afghan government in order to find a political solution to the issue.

Imran Khan stated last month that the US “truly screwed it up” in Afghanistan, questioning the American motivation for the country’s 2001 invasion and subsequent efforts to reach a political settlement with the Taliban from a position of weakness.

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