Instead of sitting and thinking that “we can control them”, the world should come forward to incentivise Afghanistan and provide some more time to the Taliban, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan said in an interview to CNN. ‘We’ in Imran Khan’s comment meant the United States and not Pakistan as Imran Khan said Afghanistan has a tradition of rejecting puppet government/ , “No puppet government in Afghanistan is supported by the people. It gets discredit among the people.
Pakistan had intelligence inputs that the Taliban would not be able to take over all of Afghanistan and there will be bloodbaths after the US forces left. Now, the world should give more time to the Taliban to form a legitimate government and make good on their promises.
On being asked about women’s rights under the Taliban rule, Imran Khan said it is a mistake to think that someone from outside will be able to give Afghan women rights. “Afghan women are string. Give them time. They will get their rights,” Khan said.
On Pakistan supporting the Taliban
Countering the allegation which is not new for Pakistan and Imran Khan that Pakistan was supporting the Taliban, the prime minister said that his country can’t fund war when it barely meets its own expenses. “The total budget of Pakistan is $50 billion for 220 million people. […] Did we have the capacity to fund another war [when] we can barely meet our own expenses?” he said.
‘US never understood what the Haqqani network was’
Imran Khan said Haqqanis are a ‘Pashtun tribe living in Afghanistan’. They were Mujahideen who were fighting the Soviets. “They were born in a Pakistani refugee camp,” Imran Khan said describing the situation of the 1980s when Pakistan was hosting five million Afghan refugees.
source: Hindustan times