US urges Pakistan to put pressure on Taliban

The US secretary of state urged Pakistan not to recognize the legitimacy of the Taliban until it meets international demands, acknowledging Islamabad’s support for the group.

“What we have to look at is that every country, including Pakistan, claims to live up to the international community’s expectations of the demands of the Taliban government if they want to be legitimized or receive assistance. in any form,” Secretary of State Antony Blinken said during a hearing before the House Foreign Affairs Committee on September 13.

Blinken said priorities include making sure the Taliban allows people who want to leave Afghanistan to go abroad, respecting the rights of women, girls and minorities, and securing a commitment not to turn the Central Asian country into a haven for terrorists. “Pakistan needs to work with the international community in moving towards those goals and upholding those expectations,” Blinken said.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken at a meeting at Ramstein Air Base in Germany on September 8.  Photo: Reuters.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken at a meeting at Ramstein Air Base in Germany on September 8. Photo: Reuters.

Blinken said Pakistan’s policies have repeatedly been detrimental to US interests, but some have supported them. Pakistan’s moves involve “constantly risky bets on the future of Afghanistan,” Blinken said.

“One of the related acts is harboring members of the Taliban, including the Haqqani group,” Blinken said. Haqqani is a group that is listed as a terrorist by the United States and is part of the Afghan interim government.

Congressman Joaquin Castro, one of Pakistan’s critics, called on the US to consider removing Pakistan’s main non-NATO ally status, which allows the South Asian country access to US weapons.

Pakistani intelligence has had close ties to the Taliban since its rise in the 1990s. Pakistan is one of only three countries to recognize the Taliban’s 1996-2001 government, which upheld strict Islamic law. cruel and deprived women of many rights.

Pakistan, a Cold War ally of the United States, quickly pledged to cooperate in the war on terror launched by the United States after the September 11, 2001 attacks. However, Pakistan often views the Afghanistan issue from the point of view of its historic confrontation with neighboring India.

The Taliban launched a blitzkrieg of territory, entering Kabul on August 15 and completing control of much of Afghanistan. The Taliban on September 7 announced a new government with Mohammad Hassan Akhund as interim prime minister, other key members were appointed to important positions.

Nguyen Tien (Follow AFP)

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