Paid a “very heavy price” to stand with the United States in Afghanistan: Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan

Imran Khan expressed his anger at US officials for blaming Pakistan for crisis.

Islamabad [Pakistan]:

Pakistan paid a “very heavy price” for sitting with the United States during the occupation of Afghanistan, Prime Minister Imran Khan said, adding that hearing U.S. politicians blame Islamabad for its humiliating retreat hurts.

In an interview with Russia Today, Khan expressed his anger at U.S. officials who have pointed fingers at Islamabad as they shared the blame for the U.S. failure in Afghanistan.

His remarks come after recent hearings in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee as an example of this frustrating rhetoric in which U.S. lawmakers accused Pakistan of easing the Taliban.

“As a Pakistani, I felt deeply hurt by some of the remarks made by these senators. Blaming Pakistan for this debacle in Afghanistan is the most painful thing for us to listen to,” he said.

Pakistan was in a state of shock when the 9/11 terrorist attacks took place in the United States. Pervez Musharraf, a general who had come to power in a military coup, had just been elected president and was seeking US assistance for his government.

Giving Pakistani support to the invasion of Afghanistan helped secure U.S. military aid, but, Khan believes, was still a wrong call.

It alienated the mujahideen forces that the Pakistani intelligence service helped build just two decades ago as part of the US anti-Soviet campaign in Afghanistan.

“We have trained them to fight foreign occupation. It was a holy war, a jihad,” he said.

When the Americans invaded, Pakistan told the same people that “a fight against the Americans was terrorism. So they turned against us. They called us partners.”

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