The US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the country will be reassessing its relationship with Pakistan. Blinken was testifying in front of the US foreign affairs committee on the hasty pull-out from the war ravaged country. The US lawmakers said Pakistan’s ISI openly supports Taliban and Haqqani Network, however, it is time to consider stronger relations with India.
The lawmakers have expressed outrage over Pakistan’s duplitious part in Afghansitan after 9/11 attacks in United States and demanded that the Washington reassess its relationship with Islamabad. Congressman Joaquin Castro, the Democrat from Texas, asked Biden administration to reassess Pakistan’s status as a major non-NATO ally.
Congressman Scott Perry said Pakistan supports the Haqqani Network and the Taliban with the US taxpayers’ money, asserting the US must no longer pay Pakistan and revoke its non-NATO ally status.
Blinken faced angry lawmakers on Monday who also questioned the administration’s actions to evacuate Americans and others after the collapse of the Afghan government.
Blinken told lawmakers that the US planned to reassess its relationship with Pakistan in the coming weeks and the role played by Islamabad over the last 20 years and the role that it would like it to play in the future.
“For the reasons you cited as well as others, this is one of the things we will be looking at in the day and weeks ahead, the role that Pakistan has played over the last 20 years and the role we would want to see it play in the coming years,” Blinken Blinken responded to Castro.
As the Taliban has formed its government in Afghanistan, it has appointed Siajudding Haqqani, the son of the founder of the Haqqani network as the new interior minister of the country. However, the US Secretary of State noted that Pakistan had harboured Taliban terrorists before including militants from the Haqqani Network.
Congressman Bill Keating said Pakistan had helped the Taliban regroup in 2010 in Islamabad and ISI has strong ties with the Haqqani Network which is responsible for the death of US soldiers. He also said Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan endorsed the Taliban’s advance in the war-torn country, describing it as breaking the shackles of slavery.