Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan defended US President Joe Biden. This was regarding his decision for the haphazard pullout of American troops from Afghanistan. He insisted that it was a “sensible” move. Biden was condemned for it. “There was so much unfair criticism of President Biden, and what he did was the most sensible thing to do,” Khan told a Russian channel on September 17.
Imran Khan’s defence of Biden comes a month after he blamed the US. This was for expecting Pakistan to “clean up the mess” it leaves behind in Afghanistan. America considers Pakistan to be useful in the context of somehow settling this mess . Meanwhile a mess which has been left behind after 20 years of trying to find a military solution.
Opposition politicians blamed him for the decision. The international community, termed the pullout “hasty”. Also people worried d about the Taliban’s newfound legitimacy, after the botched US withdrawal on August 31.
Khan also expressed doubts on America’s future intentions regarding Afghanistan. He wasn’t sure if the country had a coherent policy on how to deal with a war-torn country. He also called on the US to engage in humanitarian efforts to help refugees. Meanwhile he has been stressing the important role the country has to play after being in Afghanistan.
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