Thu, 09 Dec 2021

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan has once again urged the United States to start a dialogue with the Taliban-led government and deliver an aid package to Afghanistan to prevent the collapse of the Afghan state so that it does not turn into a safe haven for global terrorists, particularly the IS (Islamic State).

Speaking in an interview with Middle East Eye broadcast on Monday, the premier said the U.S. should do everything to support a stable government in the country as the Taliban was the only option for fighting IS in the region.

"It's a really critical time, and the U.S. has to pull itself together because people in the United States are in a state of shock," he said, referring to the fall of Kabul to the Taliban in August.

Khan added that "The world must engage with Afghanistan because if it pushes it away, within the Taliban movement, there are hardliners, and it could easily go back to the Taliban of 2000, and that would be a disaster."

The PM told the London-based online news outlet that he had cautioned Joe Biden, John Kerry, and Harry Reid then all senators in 2008 that there was no military solution to the Afghanistan situation.

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