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“Will try to persuade Taliban to hold talks with Afghan government,” Imran Khan

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Published on September 29, 2019 with No Comments

“All these mujahideen groups like Al-Qaeda arrived in Pakistan to defeat the Soviets. They were trained by Pakistan but funded by the Americans. My whole point is, when Soviets left, the Americans also packed up their bags and left. We were left with these groups. This is how we ended having these groups.”

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that his country would try to persuade the Taliban to hold direct talks with the Afghan government and broker a peace deal to end the 18 year-long civil war in Afghanistan.

“We thought a deal was being signed in Afghanistan. We found out through a tweet that the deal had been called off. I spoke to President Donald Trump in this regard. We will try our best to get the Taliban to talk to the Afghan government,” he told reporters at New York. Khan hoped that a proper political solution is achieved to end the conflict else chaos could aggravate in the war-torn country.

This time round, when the Americans leave Afghanistan we hope there is a transition to a proper political solution otherwise there will again be chaos in Afghanistan,” he said. Comparing the current situation with that of the mujahideens fighting against the Soviets in the 1980s, Khan said, “In 1979, Soviets invaded Afghanistan. In 1980-81, Americans decided to back the freedom struggle in Afghanistan. Jihad (freedom struggle) was declared against soviets. Muslims all over the world were invited to do jihad.All these mujahideen groups like Al-Qaeda arrived in Pakistan to defeat the Soviets. They were trained by Pakistan but funded by the Americans. My whole point is, when Soviets left, the Americans also packed up their bags and left. We were left with these groups. This is how we ended having these groups,” he asserted.

 

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