Imran Khan, playing the victim card, has said that it is 'unfair' to blame Pakistan for the United States' set-backs in Afghanistan. In an exclusive interview to Russia Today, Imran Khan said that the Islamabad bore the brunt of siding with Washington on their 'war on terror' post 9/11.
The Pakistan PM said, "Had we not participated in the American war after 9/11, we would not have been the world’s most dangerous country."
Speaking against the US invasion of Afghanistan after the 9/11 attack perpetrated by Al Qaeda, Imran Khan said that the Mujahideen were trained by Pakistan to do Jihad against Soviet Union's invasion in Afghanistan and that they were funded by US' CIA.
He said, "In the 80s we were training these Mujahideen people to do jihad against Soviet when they occupied Afghanistan. So, these people were trained by Pakistan, funded by the US's CIA and now a decade later when the Americans come into Afghanistan, the same groups who are all in Pakistan are supposed to say that now because Americans are there it is no longer jihad its terrorism. It was a big contradiction and I strongly felt that Pakistan should have been neutral because by joining in, these groups turned against us," he added.
Pakistan Prime Minister said that despite the country facing a loss, they were blamed for the failure of the United States in Afghanistan. He said, "We lost 70,000 people, we lost over 100 billion dollars to the economy. In the end, we were blamed for the Americans not succeeding in Afghanistan. I felt it was very unfair on Pakistan."
Islamabad and Pakistan Army for the longest time has maintained a pro-Taliban stand and has old links with the terror organisation since its inception back in the mid-1990s. Pakistan, as per experts, has viewed the Taliban as the 'legitimate representatives' of Afghanistan as opposed to the Afghan government, who has long resented Islamabad's interference in the country's affairs.
Addressing the United Nations days ago, Syed Akbaruddin backed UN Secretary General's call for direct talks between the Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani's government and the Taliban and subsequently bashed neighbour Pakistan for backing terrorists and terror outfits to create instability in the South East Asia region.
Pakistan urged all sides to exercise restraint, saying there is no military solution to the conflict in Afghanistan after US President Donald Trump canceled a secret weekend meeting with Taliban leaders and the Afghan President Ashraf Ghani.
Donald Trump on Saturday in a series of tweets notified that he canceled a secret weekend meeting at Camp David with Taliban leaders and his Afghan counterpart after the armed group claimed responsibility for a suicide car bomb attack on Thursday that killed 12 people, including an American soldier.
Pakistan's Foreign Office said that Islamabad has always condemned violence and called on all sides for restraint and commitment to pursue the process of peace negotiation between the US and Taliban. It further said that Pakistan looks for optimised engagement following the earliest resumption of talks between the parties. Donald Trump on September 10 announced that the peace negotiation to the end the 18-year-old war with Afghanistan is now dead.