Prime Minister Imran Khan claims the US seriously “messed up in Afghanistan,” questioning the US motivation for invading the country in the first place and then attempting to negotiate a political settlement with the Taliban from a position of weakness.
The prime minister’s comments come as the US military and Nato are nearing the end of their participation in Afghanistan, which has witnessed a resurgence of the Taliban across the country.
“I think the US has really messed it up in Afghanistan,” the prime minister stated on Tuesday night on PBS NewsHour, an American news show. When there were as many as 150,000 Nato soldiers in Afghanistan, the prime minister argued, the US should have opted for a diplomatic settlement far sooner.
“And people like me who kept saying that there’s no military solution, who know the history of Afghanistan, we were called — people like me were called anti-American. I was called Taliban Khan.”