The West has embarrassed itself by refusing to listen to Pakistan about its lack of popular support The ousted government of Afghanistan led by Ashraf GhaniAnd it needs to help the Afghans by reaching out to the Taliban to ensure an inclusive government is formed, Pakistan’s National Security Adviser said.
Islamabad is launching a major diplomatic offensive to persuade the West not to turn its back on the Taliban government, with which Afghanistan’s eastern neighbor has close and controversial links, but instead use its economic clout to provide support.
Muayyad Yusuf said that if the West repeats the big mistake of the 1990s and abandons the country, it will create a security vacuum that will lead to a revival of extremism first in the country. Pakistan Then in the West.
Pakistan feels the collapse of the Ghani administration has exonerated it, insisting it cannot bear the brunt of more refugees flowing across its borders. She argues that a stable and internationally recognized Afghanistan will prevent this.
Youssef called for an internationally coordinated effort, backed by an economic plan, to persuade Taliban Government that “there must be inclusive government, protected rights, and a moderate model of governance.”
However, in a speech to the Conservative Research Center for Policy Exchange, Yusuf came under pressure from Conservative MPs who noted that retired US military figures had claimed that for many years the Taliban had been an arm of Pakistan’s security forces, the Internal Intelligence Directorate. Defense Select Committee Chairman Tobias Ellwood said US forces found Osama bin Laden, the late al-Qaeda leader, inside Pakistan just miles away from the country’s Sandhurst equivalent.
Yusuf responded by saying that his country had suffered 80,000 casualties and losses estimated at $150 billion in its war against the Pakistani Taliban.
He also responded to allegations that Islamabad allowed a porous border to give Taliban fighters sanctuary in Pakistan away from US forces. He said his country made repeated offers to Afghanistan, including in 2011 to jointly monitor the border, and eventually built a border fence that is now 97% complete.
“Pakistan has been a victim of the war on terror for the past two decades and was the only country that was telling the truth,” he said. He added that Pakistan had asked NATO and the United States not to attempt a military victory, but the allied forces were aiming for a complete victory. “We said they live in a bubble and don’t have people’s pulse and it was corruption.
We cannot tell Afghans that the only people who matter are those who are lucky enough to be associated with Western and international organizations.
“If the world repeats the mistakes of the 1990s, the results will not be better than last time. If we find the easy way again and say ‘we’re done and out of here,’ the international legitimacy of the Western world will disappear in a second,” he said.
“We will have a humanitarian crisis, we will have instability and we will have a security vacuum that the terrorists may fill, once again targeting Pakistan first and the Western world second.”
Yusuf complained about the exclusion of Pakistan from Talks in Doha between the Taliban and the United States. We were never asked when the deadlines for withdrawing troops were agreed upon. We were talking about a “responsible withdrawal” that means a political settlement before the withdrawal.
He accused the West of turning Pakistan into a scapegoat “when the real problems on the ground – mistrust, corruption, and the military’s inability to withstand – were completely ignored”.
“The result is everyone’s embarrassment, surrender, an army without the will to fight, and President Ghani fleeing away,” he said.
“The world must now stand up and say we will learn lessons, something has gone wrong and we are not looking for scapegoats.”