Amid accusations in opposition to Pakistan of covertly aiding the Afghan Taliban, a US Congressman has urged President Joe Biden to impose sanctions on Islamabad except they “change course.” In a letter to Biden, House Representative Mike Waltz mentioned that Pakistan’s army technique is dictating the Taliban.
“At the least, Pakistan is complicit with Taliban advance and is choosing not to coordinate with the ANSF. At worst, the Pakistani military and intelligence services may be directly aiding the Taliban offensive,” Waltz mentioned, urging the Biden administration to chop off all help to Pakistan.
“Additionally, I ask that your administration also consider sanctioning Pakistan unless they change course and make greater efforts to prevent the Taliban from using their border region to regroup between firefights,” he added.
The Republican lawmaker raised considerations in regards to the deteriorating state of affairs in Afghanistan, urging the US president to reverse course and supply army assets to help the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF). He opined that Taliban forces are uncovered on the bottom as they had been in 2001 and US air assist can blunt the offensive.
“Air support will give the Government of Afghanistan and ANSF time to regroup and turn the tide of battle. They are doing the fighting and dying on the ground, but American air support will bolster their resolve and change the battlefield psychology,” Waltz mentioned.
He expressed bafflement on the latest statements made by theUS particular envoy in Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad, creator of the Doha settlement. Highlighting the studies of abuses in opposition to girls, Waltz mentioned that Khalilzad has offered the president with poor counsel and “his diplomatic strategy has failed spectacularly.”
“Ambassador Khalilzad has convinced multiple administrations that the Taliban is interested in governing and peace. It is clear that the Taliban is only interested in brutality and power. In light of this catastrophe, Ambassador Khalilzad should resign immediately or be relieved from his position,” he added.
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