Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that the Taliban are not some military outfit, but normal citizens. Khan was responding to questions during an interview in which he stressed that a majority of the Afghan refugees in Pakistan were Pashtuns, the same ethnic group as Taliban militants. Khan’s comments came after the US exit from Afghanistan in response to criticism of Pakistan being a haven for Taliban militants.
PM Khan said that the Taliban are not some military outfits, they are normal civilians. Khan also asked if there are some civilians in these camps, how is Pakistan supposed to hunt these people down? How can you call them sanctuaries?
Khan criticized the US and said the US is trying to look for a military solution in Afghanistan when there never was one. PM Khan added that people like him who kept saying that there’s no military solution, who know the history of Afghanistan, were called anti-American. PM of Pakistan also added that he was called Taliban Khan.
PM Khan said that from Pakistan’s point of view, this is the worst-case scenario, and added that Pakistan is hosting over three million Afghan refugees, and what they fear is that a protracted civil war would bring more refugees, and the economic situation is not such that they can have another influx.
Prime Minister elaborated that the Taliban were ethnic Pashtuns and if this (civil war and violence in Afghanistan) goes on, the Pashtuns on their side will be drawn into it and that is the last thing they want.
PM Khan also said that 70,000 Pakistanis had died in the aftermath of the US war in Afghanistan, even when Pakistan had nothing to do with what happened [in New York on September 11, 2001].
Khan further said that anyone who commits rape, solely and solely, that person is responsible, and added that no matter whatever, how much ever a woman is provocative or whatever she wears, the person who commits rape, he is fully responsible, and the victim is never responsible.