Pakistan helps rescue Afghan who saved Biden’s life 13 years ago
"We're grateful to Prime Minister Imran Khan for his continued support of the evacuation," the NGO told US media outlets.
Pakistan played an important role in evacuating an interpreter from Afghanistan who had saved Joe Biden and two other US senators from a snowstorm 13 years ago.
A US-based NGO named The Human First Coalition, run by two Americans of Afghan origin, conducted the evacuation.
“We’re grateful to Prime Minister Imran Khan for his continued support of the evacuation,” the NGO told US media outlets.
With the help of Pakistani and American aides, the coalition evacuated Aman Khalili and his family from Afghanistan.
Khalili helped rescue the then-senator, Joe Biden, in 2008 after his helicopter was forced to make an emergency landing in a distant Afghan valley due to a snowstorm. Two other senators — Chuck Hagel of Nebraska and John Kerry of Massachusetts – were also accompanied by Biden on that mission.
On the 31st of August, Khalili sent a message to the American President through the Wall Street Journal, reminding him that he had been left behind in Afghanistan as the last American troops exited the country.
“Hello, Mr. President: Save my family and me,” he told the WSJ. “Do not forget me here.”
The Human First Coalition helped Khalili and his family to cross the border with Pakistan’s support. From there, the family was moved to Islamabad. A US military fight then took them from Islamabad to another safe location.
Sources have revealed that the US officials contacted Pakistan in the early stages of the rescue plan and Islamabad stayed involved during its execution, which took only five days.
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