Afghanistan Crisis : Pakistan PM Imran Khan welcomes Taliban, said – broke mental slavery
Pakistan PM Imran Khan  |  Photo Credits: AP
- After 20 years of fighting, the Taliban again took control of Afghanistan.
- Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan welcomed the Taliban.
- But the people of Afghanistan want to leave the country out of fear of the Taliban.
The Taliban have captured the Rashtrapati Bhavan of Afghanistan. A large group of Taliban fighters have entered the Rashtrapati Bhavan in the capital Kabul. That is, now the Taliban have ruled Afghanistan. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani left the country on Sunday. Within days of the withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan after a 20-year-long war, almost the entire country has been again captured by the Taliban. Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan welcomed the Taliban on the withdrawal of the Taliban in Afghanistan. And he said that the Taliban broke mental slavery.
Sunday began with the capture of the nearby city of Jalalabad by the Taliban. Apart from the capital, it was the last major city that was not in their hands. Afghan officials said the militants captured the capitals of Maidan Wardak, Khost, Kapisa and Parwan provinces as well as the last border occupied by the country’s government. Later, security forces stationed at Bagram air base surrendered to the Taliban. There are about 5,000 prisoners lodged in a jail. Bagram district chief Darvesh Roufi said the surrender left the once-American base in the hands of Taliban fighters. The prison houses fighters from both the Taliban and the Islamic State group.
People of Afghanistan want to leave the country for fear of Taliban
On the other hand, the people of Afghanistan want to leave the country for fear that the Taliban may re-enact a brutal regime that will end women’s rights. Citizens stood outside cash machines to withdraw their lifetime savings. At the same time, thousands of common people who left their homes in rural areas of the country for a more secure environment in Kabul were seen taking shelter in parks and open spaces throughout the city.
US and NATO spent billions of dollars in the fight against the Taliban
Despite billions of dollars spent by the US and NATO to prepare security forces in Afghanistan over nearly two decades, the Taliban surprisingly captured nearly all of Afghanistan in a week. Just days earlier, a US military assessment estimated it would take a month for the capital to come under Taliban pressure.
America waged war against Taliban after 9/11
The fall of Kabul to Taliban control marks the final chapter of America’s longest war, which began after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks planned by al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden. Osama was then sheltered by the Taliban government. A US-led invasion toppled the Taliban from power. However, due to the Iraq war, America was distracted from this war.
America was trying to get out of the war against Taliban
America has, for years, been trying to get out of the war. Under the leadership of then US President Donald Trump, Washington signed a deal with the Taliban in February 2020 that limits direct military action against insurgents. This allowed the Taliban to mobilize their strength and move rapidly to capture key areas. President Joe Biden announced his plan to withdraw all US troops from Afghanistan by the end of this month.
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