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Imran Khan explains ‘only solution’ to Afghan situation, clarifies Pakistan is not Taliban spokesperson

By Hindustan Times

Though Afghanistan now has two choices of continuing with the US military, which has been tried and tested for the past 20 years and to form a government with the Taliban, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan said only one choice will lead to the solution.

Then he added that Pakistan is not the spokesperson of the Taliban. Khan made these comments while interacting with the representatives of Afghan media that were aired on Thursday, the Dawn reported. A day before, the Pakistan Premier said the Taliban are normal civilians and not some military outfits that his country can hunt down.

“What the Taliban are doing or aren’t doing has nothing to do with us. We are not responsible, neither are we spokespersons for the Taliban,” Imran Khan said adding Pakistan has no interest to fuel civil war in Afghanistan. In his opinion, no one party will be able to take over Afghanistan and so whoever comes to power in Afghanistan, Pakistan will have good relations with them. “What interest could Pakistan have in backing someone to take over Afghanistan? Now, and especially in my government, we believe that Afghanistan can never be controlled from the outside. We have no favourites now,” Imran Khan said.

“Now You have two choices. Twenty years of the military solution has been attempted to bring peace to Afghanistan and that’s failed,” Khan said adding that Afghanistan can continue with the US military if it thinks that it doesn’t want Taliban to be part of the government.

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