Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that the Taliban were not some military outfit but “normal civilians”. In an interview with PBS News Hour, Imran Khan also asked how Pakistan was supposed to hunt them down when the country had nearly three million Afghan refugees at its borders.
“Why don’t they give us evidence of this? 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 outfit. 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?” said Khan.
Terming the allegations that Pakistan has aided Taliban financially and provided them with weapons and intelligence as “extremely unfair”, he has demanded evidence from detractors to back these claims.
Imran Khan asserted that not only had the Pakistani government joined the United States’ war on terror after 9/11 and endured untold losses because of it, they have also provided shelter to thousands of Afghan refugees over the years.