Amid the ever-evolving security issue in Afghanistan due to Islamic militant organization Taliban, Pakistan PM Imran Khan said how people in “Taliban are ‘normal civilians’, and not terrorists”. Adding that there are camps of over 5,00,000 people, Imran Khan said that there are civilians in the camps and how Pakistan can hunt these civilians down.

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In an interview with PBS News Hour, Imran Khan claimed how the Taliban is not a military outfit but is comprised of “civilians”, and also asked how Pakistan hunts Taliban down when there are millions of Afghan refugees at Pakistan’s borders.


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Afghanistan President’s Allegations “Absolute Nonsense”

The former cricketer-commentator turned Prime Minister, Imran Khan was asked about the recent statement given Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani about over 10,000 Pakistani fighters crossing borders and aiding Taliban. Dismissing the allegations, PM Khan said-

“This is absolute nonsense. Why don’t they give us evidence of this?”

“They are normal civilians, not military outfit”

He further asked where are those alleged safe havens that Pakistan has provided for the Taliban and gave a controversial remark where he labelled Taliban militants as civilians.

“When they say that Pakistan gave safe havens, sanctuaries to Taliban, where are these safe havens? There are three million Afghan refugees in Pakistan. And Taliban are not some military outfits. They are normal civilians. And if there are some civilians in these camps, how is Pakistan supposed to hunt these people down? How can you call them sanctuaries?”

-PM Imran Khan said in his interview with PBS News Hour.


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Pak PM Imran Khan on How US “Messed it Up”

Further, PM Imran Khan also said how the US “messed it up” in Afghanistan by looking for a resolution of the Afghanistan crisis in the position of weakness The 68-year-old Pakistani diplomat said how the United States should have looked for a resolution of the Afghanistan political crisis in the presence of forces and not when they reduced the forces down to “barely” 10,000.

He further opined that the only good outcome for Pakistan will be a settlement involving all the sides – including the Taliban. He further dismissed all the allegations made on his country for harbouring Taliban military and aiding the Taliban with intelligence inputs and with financial assistance and called such allegations “extremely unfair.”


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Taliban Receiving Air Support from Pak Air Force

Earlier, Islamabad had issued warning to Afghanistan capital Kabul that any move which would led to the dislodging of Taliban from the borders will be met with the Pakistan Air Force. This claim was brought forward by the Afghanistan Vice President Amrullah Saleh. Saleh further alleged that Pakistan was providing “air support’ to the Taliban.

Taking to Twitter, Afghanistan VP wrote, “Pakistan air force has issued official warning to the Afghan Army and Air Force that any move to dislodge the Taliban from Spin Boldak area will be faced and repelled by the Pakistan Air Force. Pak air force is now providing close air support to Taliban in certain areas,” Saleh tweeted.


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He was further quoted tweeting, “If anyone doubts my tweet on Pak Air Force & Pak Army warning to d Afg side not to retake Spin Boldak I am ready to share evidence through DM. Afghan aircrafts as far as 10 kilometers frm Spin Boldak R warned 2 back off or face air to air missiles. Afg is too big to be swallowed.”