Trump, not Pakistan, helped enabled Afghan Taliban takeover Afghanistan : U.S. Senator
Another U.S. Senator has slammed the "hypocrisy" of the U.S. Congress for solely blaming Pakistan.
The U.S. Senator, Chris Van Hollen, on Tuesday remarked that it was the Trump administration, not Pakistan, that enabled the Taliban’s takeover of Kabul.
Senator Chris Van Hollen, who was born in Karachi, revealed this during the first senate hearing on the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan.
According to Hollen, Pakistan was pushed by the U.S. government to release the top three Taliban commanders from jails to move forward with the Afghan peace process.
He added that it was in the South Asian country’s interest to “prevent chaos and civil war” in neighboring Afghanistan.
Hollen’s made these remarks during the hearing when both Republicans and Democrats blamed Pakistan for its alleged support to the Afghan Taliban during the 20-year war.
After Hollen witnessed the allegations against Pakistan, he engaged in a dialogue with the U.S. Secretary of State, Antony Blinken.
Hollen inquired Blinken whether it was the Trump administration who ordered Pakistan to release 5,000 Taliban prisoners, including the top three commanders, or was it something else.
To this, Blinken agreed that the Trump administration ordered the South Asian country to release the Taliban members.
Ultimately, Hollen successfully presented his point that it was, in fact, the U.S. Trump administration who ordered Pakistan to take specific steps that were in favor of the Taliban.
So, scapegoating Pakistan is inaccurate as the U.S. Trump administration played a crucial role in releasing the Taliban members.
Meanwhile, another U.S. Senator, Jeanne Shaheen, slammed the “staggering hypocrisy” of the U.S. Congress for solely blaming Pakistan for allegedly helping the Taliban, as the U.S. had also taken steps that were in the Taliban’s favor.
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