United States and Pakistan Persuade Strong Ties, Sources Said

September 4, 2021

According to a number of leaked documents to the press, two key concerns are trying to lose a nuclear-armed country to China and experiencing no influence over the Taliban preclude the Biden administration from moving further away from Pakistan. On Friday, Politico, a news outlet covering the US capital, released a report on recent communicating entities between Washington and Islamabad.

According to the report, the messages also show that “the Biden government is quietly pressuring Pakistan to collaborate in combating terrorist groups such as ISIS and Al Qaeda in the aftermath of the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan.” According to the messages, the US regards Pakistan as a “nation with ties to the Taliban in Afghanistan whose collaboration in combating terrorism can be beneficial.” It is also a nuclear nation that American leaders would tend to favor not to lose entirely too Chinese influence”.

The communications between the Washington and Islamabad “indicate that the two governments have been far from lock – step on the road ahead, even to this day that the US has withdrawn its forces from Afghanistan,” according to Politico. In one conversation with a US authority, Pakistan’s Ambassador Asad Majeed Khan emerged to cast doubt on reports that the Taliban were holding out retaliatory attacks in Afghanistan.

Ambassador Khan told US officials that the Afghan Taliban “were not attempting to find retaliation, and in fact they were going home to home to guarantee Afghans that there would be no revenge attacks,” citing Pakistani “ground observations.” The State Department’s Ervin Massinga, on the other hand, stated that “he has already seen claims to the contrary and aspirations the Taliban do not take revenge.”

Among the leaked information and messages from the US Embassy in Islamabad to Washington, stating that they were “hindered by the Afghan refugee situation” and pursuing advice on dealing with the situation. Mr. Massinga and Ambassador Khan met on August 26, the same day that 170 Afghans and 13 US troops were killed in a bombing at Kabul International Airport. Officials in the US have accused the attack on the militant IS group, which is viewed as a rival to the Afghan Taliban.

According to an official account of the meeting, Ambassador Khan expressed deepest sympathies and provided the use of Pakistani healthcare facilities. However, the US official recommended that Pakistan could assist on other fronts. “While recognizing the tragedy, Mr. Massinga emphasized Pakistan and the US shared interest in identifying ISIS and Al Qaeda.” In response, Ambassador Khan stated that “ISIS was a common threat for both the Taliban and ISIS.”

According to the meeting notes, Mr. Massinga voiced support to Pakistan for its assistance in getting evacuees out of Afghanistan. The transcripts obtained by POLITICO did not indicate what Pakistan was already doing. However, at one point during the conversation, Ambassador “Khan indicated that the Pakistani government would also praise public recognition for the country’s support on the evacuation front.” Blinken thanked several countries for their assistance in the evacuations in Aug. 20 statement, but did not mention Pakistan.

Mr. Khan also stated that “the Taliban were not stopping any third country nationals from getting to the Kabul airport but recognized there were some issues with Afghans getting through control points,” in addition to inquiry reports of Taliban retaliation. Mr. Khan also emphasized Pakistan’s “attempt in pushing the Taliban (while admitting it was becoming increasingly difficult to track down them) to shape an inclusive regime in Kabul.” A separate message derived by POLITICO includes an Aug. 28 mentioned as an “urgent request for guidelines” on how to handle “a rapidly growing number of applications to help Afghans in Pakistan” who were or assumed to be qualified for relocation to the US.

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