‘It’s Time to get closer to Russia and China Rather than US’: Abida Hussain

September 7, 2021

Syeda Abida Hussain, Pakistan’s former ambassador to the US, believes that America is no longer involved in the affairs of Afghanistan, a country where it has spent the last 20 years fighting its “war on terror.” “The US is no longer interested in Afghanistan. It does not fear the export of terror from Afghanistan has lost interest in the war-torn country’s affairs and does not require Pakistan for the same purpose,” Ms Hussain said in an interview with Dawn.

The former ambassador, 73, who is no longer politically active, sees no immediate improvement in Pakistan-US relations. “Because Pakistan does not receive significant aid from the US, it should not be too concerned. Pakistan should look up to China and strengthen ties with Russia.” She believed that the US  should have learned from history that no external force has ever been able to dominate Afghanistan. “The US tried everything it could to control Kabul, but it couldn’t.”

Ms Hussain, who served as Islamabad’s ambassador to the United States from 1991 to 1993, is not skeptical of the Taliban’s “moderate face.” “I believe that with a moderate face, the Taliban will be able to translate their plans into action, and the world will have to speak to them. The ‘moderate Taliban’ will be appropriate to the rest of the world.” Ms Hussain believes the Afghan Taliban will live up to their promise of respect for female rights, media freedom, and an inclusive government this time around. “Pakistan will have no problem with the Taliban regime, and there is also no risk of terrorism repaving in Pakistan as a result of the situation or presence of banned militant groups like the TTP (Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan) in either country. “Those who oppose the Taliban are fleeing,” she stated.

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