Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that the Taliban won’t return to the negotiation table for a political settlement as long as Ashraf Ghani the president of Afghanistan. Talking to foreign journalists in Islamabad , Khan said he tried to persuade the Islamist fundamentalist group when a delegation visited Islamabad to discuss peace negotiations a few months back.
Pakistan’s The News International quoted Imran Khan as saying,”I tried to persuade the Taliban 3 to 4 months back when they came here,”. He added, “The condition is that as long as Ashraf Ghani is there, we are not going to talk to the Afghan government,” .
The Taliban has taken control of the 10th Afghan provincial capital within a week and continues to make rapid gains as US-led troops finalise their pullout.
Pakistan has been long accused of assisting the Taliban militarily, financially and with intelligence, which Islamabad has vehemently denied.
The Washington Post quoting a government official reported, The United States has expressed concerns that Kabul might fall to the Taliban within three months.
Afghan people recently started a social media campaign blaming Pakistan for the deteriorating situation of the country.
Imran Khan has criticised the US for hasty withdrawal from the region, it is not willing to provide bases to US troops for future operations.
Khan said, “Pakistan is just considered only to be useful in the context of somehow settling this mess which has been left behind after 20 years of trying to find a military solution when there was not one”.