US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Monday that Pakistan has sheltered members of the Taliban, including terrorists of the banned Haqqani Network. He said that the international community needs to come together on the issue of Afghanistan. On the Taliban’s victory in Afghanistan, Blinken said that India’s involvement in Afghanistan has foiled some of Pakistan’s nefarious designs.
Blinken told the House Foreign Affairs Committee, “What we have to focus on most is that every country, including Pakistan, has to live up to the expectations of the international community.” Because the international community has what the Taliban-led government needs. At the same time, Pakistan needs to stand with the majority of the international community in working on all those goals and uphold those expectations.
Pakistan has been accused of supporting terrorists
Pakistan has close ties with the Taliban. Pakistan has been accused of openly and covertly supporting terrorists. However, Islamabad has always denied these allegations. Not only Qatar but Pakistan also has the biggest influence on the Taliban. Former Afghanistan Vice President Amrullah Saleh alleged earlier this month that the Taliban is being managed by the ISI-Pakistan’s notorious intelligence agency and Islamabad is effectively in charge of Afghanistan as a colonial power.
Strong ties with ISI’s Haqqani network
US lawmaker Bill Keating referred to a comment made by Prime Minister Imran Khan of Pakistan after the Taliban’s occupation of Afghanistan. He said, ‘Prime Minister Imran Khan had said that Afghanistan has broken the shackles of slavery.’ Keating said, ‘We always heard that we have a difficult relationship with Pakistan. Although I would say that he is a cheater and a trickster. He said that Pakistan’s intelligence agency ISI has strong links with the Haqqani network. He is responsible for many things including the death of some of our soldiers. Not only this, he is also responsible for the Taliban’s occupation of Afghanistan.