Afghanistan violence: Pakistan defends Taliban, blames ISIS instead

21st June,2021


Afghanistan violence: Pakistan defends Taliban, blames ISIS instead


Pakistan's Foreign Minister, Shah Mahmood Qureshi, blamed Daesh, an acronym for ISIS, for the rise in violence in Afghanistan (another word for Islamic State in Iraq and Syria). As the Taliban resumed attacks on Afghan security personnel and civilians, Pakistan expressed its support for the terrorist group, stating that holding them accountable for the carnage in Afghanistan would be a "exaggeration." "If you attempt to create this idea that the violence is rising because of the Taliban, again, that would be an exaggeration," Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi told Tolo News in an exclusive interview at his office in Islamabad last week. "Daesh. Forces in Afghanistan, for example, who come from the war economy. Who want to keep their power, who don't see past their nose, and who just want to keep their power." Qureshi dismissed Taliban safe havens in Pakistan, saying that the Taliban's top commanders are "in Afghanistan."
"These are very—those many things that have been going on for years," Qureshi responded when asked if Taliban are "financed in Pakistan." You've got yourself caught in a rut. Please get out of that rut. Get out of your rut. Listen, if you stay in this situation, believe me when I say you will not be able to move far. We also want you to go far. "We want peace and reconciliation." President Ghani has "a very important responsibility on his shoulders," according to Qureshi, who appears sceptical about further progress in the peace process under the current circumstances. He must "show the leadership and the flexibility" necessary to achieve progress in the peace process, he said. Qureshi cited Doha as the ideal location for discussions with the Taliban, even between their leaders, but said that this will not happen until both parties are willing. According to Qureshi, the world's perspective has shifted because it no longer believes that peace can be reached by armed means.
In answer to a query on the sort of government Pakistan would like as a result of the peace process, Qureshi said Afghans would have to make that decision. When questioned about the status of the Afghan peace process and development, Qureshi responded that Afghans should be the ones to inquire.