US Secretary of State Blinken told the House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee that Pakistan has a multiplicity of interests, some that are in conflict with ours.
WASHINGTON: (UrduPoint/Pakistan Point News-Sept 14th, 2021) the US has conveyed to Pakistan that it does not want Islamabad to recognize the Taliban government until it doesn't give women their due rights and allows Afghans who want to leave the country, to do so.
In the first public hearing in Congress about Afghanistan since last month's collapse of the US-backed Afghan government, US Secretary of State Blinken told the House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee that Pakistan has a "multiplicity of interests, some that are in conflict with ours."
Blinken said, "It is one that involved hedging its bets constantly about the future of Afghanistan, it's one that's involved harboring members of the Taliban ... It is one that's also involved in different points cooperation with us on counterterrorism,".
"This is one of the things we're going to be looking at in the days, and weeks ahead - the role that Pakistan has played over the last 20 years but also the role we would want to see it play in the coming years and what it will take for it to do that," he said.
The United States' withdrawal from Afghanistan culminated with a hastily organised airlift that left thousands of US-allied Afghans behind and was punctuated by a suicide bombing outside Kabul's airport that killed 13 U.S. troops and scores of Afghans.
The US and Western countries are in a difficult balancing act in the aftermath of the Taliban's victory - reluctant to recognize the group while accepting the reality that they will have to engage with them to prevent a looming humanitarian crisis.
'US was likely to suffer more losses by staying in Afghanistan'
Speaking about the US-Taliban relationship, Blinken said it was time to end a war spanning two decades in Afghanistan. "We achieved our objectives in Afghanistan," he said, adding that the Biden administration inherited the peace agreement with the Taliban from its predecessor.
"The US was likely to suffer more losses by staying in Afghanistan," he admitted. "There was no guarantee of the war ending anytime soon had the US decided to stay in Afghanistan for a longer duration."
US to continue to play its role in region
"The US will continue to play its role to promote anti-terrorism in the region," he said, adding that the Taliban had also promised to not let Daesh and Al-Qaeda use the country for militant activities. He announced a $330mn aid for Afghanistan this year on humanitarian grounds.