Bill moved in US Senate to sanction Afghan Taliban and its ‘supporters’, including Pakistan

Pakistan has been singled out in the bill for being amongst entities allegedly enabling the Taliban.

The bill that seeks to sanction Afghan Taliban and Pakistan.
The bill seeks to sanction the Afghan Taliban and Pakistan.

A bill has been moved in the U.S. Senate that seeks for the imposition of sanctions on the Afghan Taliban. The sanctions could potentially extend to Pakistan.

The bill has been put forward by a group of high-profile U.S. senators, including a former presidential nominee.

The bill –Afghanistan Counterterrorism, Oversight, and Accountability Act– was put forward by 22 lawmakers, all from the Republican Party.

The bill requires “the imposition of sanctions with respect to the Taliban and persons assisting the Taliban in Afghanistan, and for other purposes.”

It is pertinent to note that the “persons assisting the Taliban” include any foreign government the U.S. government believes was or is supporting the Taliban.

Unfortunately, the proposed bill singles out Pakistan by name by listing it amongst the “entities providing support for the Taliban.”

The bill was introduced by Senator Jim Risch. Risch had previously co-sponsored acts imposing sanctions on Turkey and making it a federal crime to boycott Israel or illegal Israeli settlements in the West Bank.

Pakistan singled out

The flags of the U.S., Pakistan, and the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan.
The flags of the U.S., Pakistan, and the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan.

Pakistan has been singled out in the bill for being amongst entities allegedly enabling the Taliban.

Firstly, the bill states that the U.S. government should assess the alleged support of the Taliban by Pakistan between 2001-2020.

Secondly, the U.S. government should assess the alleged role of Pakistan in the Taliban’s toppling of the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan last month.

Thirdly, the U.S. government should assess the alleged role of Pakistan in the September 2021 Taliban offensive on the Panjshir Valley against the “Afghan resistance.”


Read More: Iran Calls Slain Anti-Taliban Fighters ‘Martyrs,’ Says Examining Pakistan’s Alleged Role In Panjshir Takeover


Criticism by Pakistan

The Minister of Human Rights, Shireen Mazari, has lashed out at the bill, remarking that the South Asian country is yet again paying the price of being an ally of the U.S. in its so-called “war on terror.”

Mazari added that the foreign powers present in Afghanistan should look at their own failures instead of blaming Pakistan.

Pakistan has suffered a lot by being a U.S. ally in a war that the South Asian country had nothing to do with.


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