Updated: 06/26/2021 4:56 PM IS
Kabul [Afghanistan]Jun 26 (ANI): America’s former National Security Advisor (NSA) John Bolton said Friday that Pakistan was directly responsible for the Taliban’s return to power.
He accused Islamabad of supporting the Taliban for the past two decades and providing safe havens in Pakistan, The Khaama Press reported.
“Sections of the Pakistani government are directly responsible for the Taliban’s return to power,” Bolton said in an interview with the Voice of America (VOA), The Khaama Press reported.
Pakistan’s intelligence and other internal circles have been in touch with the Taliban for decades, Bolton added.
As the deadline for the evacuation of US forces approaches and the Taliban have overrun numerous districts across Afghanistan, Bolton accused Pakistan of “being a safe haven for the Taliban” and of assisting them against attacks by US and Afghan forces . “I am concerned about the future consequences,” he said with concern.
At the same time, Bolton warned Pakistan that “if the Taliban take power in Afghanistan, it will pose a threat to Pakistan as well, as terrorist pressure on the Pakistani government will increase”.
Bolton highlighted the proposal from senior US Senator Jim Inhofe, who is also the senior member of the Senate Armed Forces Committee. He has proposed an alternative to a full military withdrawal from Afghanistan, with at least a limited number of troops remaining in Afghanistan.
“The complete withdrawal will weaken the morale of the Afghan government and army,” added Bolton.
When asked about the meeting of Afghan President Ashraf Ghani with his counterpart Joe Biden, he said that âThis trip will be the last opportunity for the Afghan government to encourage President Biden to gradually give more time for other signs of continued US support if he does not change his decision to withdraw US troops from Afghanistan. “” The meeting is really important for the future of Afghanistan, “he said.
The President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Ashraf Ghani, accompanied by Dr Affairs, Adela Raz, Afghan Representative to the United Nations, Shahrzad Akbar, the Head of the Human Rights Commission, Fatima Gailani and Habiba Sarabi, the two female members of the Afghan negotiating team, traveled this Wednesday to Washington, The Khaama Press reported.
Meanwhile, following the meeting on Friday between U.S. President Joe Biden, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, and chairman of the Afghan High Council for National Reconciliation Abdullah Abdullah, the White House announced a series of measures to help the South Asian country withdraw troops.
In a fact sheet, the White House said: “Our strong support and partnership is designed to prevent Afghanistan from ever being used as a safe haven for terrorism, maintain Afghan stability and self-reliance, promote economic growth and preserve social benefits.” Education, health, empowering women and the rule of law, protecting the rights of women, girls and minorities, strengthening Afghan civil society and responding to humanitarian needs. “(ANI)