Pakistan refuses to take the blame for the Haqqani Network and other alleged militant outfits, reminding the United States that these terrorists were considered as “darlings” by the White House up until a few years ago.
Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif , who is attending the 72nd session of UN General Assembly, said this at the Asia Society forum on Tuesday.
“Don’t blame us for Haqqanis [the Haqqani Network] or don’t blame us for the Hafiz Saeeds [referring to the head of banned Jamaatud Dawa]. These were the people who were your darlings just 20 to 30 years back. They were being dined and wined in the White House and now you say go to hell Pakistanis because you are nurturing these people.”
He further reiterated his statement saying, “Scapegoating Pakistan for all the Afghan ills is neither fair nor accurate. There’s no militarysolution for Afghanistan. Pakistan in its past has done all it could to facilitate a political settlement.”
Referring to the war in Afghanistan and the incessant blaming, Asif said that it was a collective mistake but the US shouldn’t have left the way it did way back in the 90s.
“You thought the cold war is over, we are the sole super power so we don’t have to bother about Pakistan or this region they can go to hell and that is what happened, we went to hell and we are still burning in that hell,” he remarked.
The minister said Pakistan had its clear limits and the country could not take further responsibility for Afghanistan’s peace and security. Effective border management is key for peace and Pakistan is ready to facilitate the US on the border front.
This is first time Pakistan has shown mirror to US for what it did in the past. During Soviet war, US not only funded these terrorist entities but also provided training, weapons and logistic supports against Russia.
Infact, it was the Haqqani network that was in forefront to fight out Soviet forces and recruit more and more Jiahdis from Pakistan. It was the same Hafiz Saeed who was backed by US to send his fighters for Jiahd in Afghanistan.
It is very welcoming sign that Pakistan is getting out of US influence and openly blaming US for its past policies and dual standards.