Imran Khan mentioned three million Pashtuns are nonetheless there in Pakistan as refugees. ‘They do assault Pakistan,’ Imran Khan mentioned drawing flak for spreading ‘misinformation’ about Pashtuns.
Elaborating how Pakistan has suffered being caught between Afghanistan and america, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan at his United Nations speech mentioned the Pashtuns dwelling within the semi-autonomous tribal belt alongside the Afghanistan and Pakistan border all the time had affinity and sympathy in direction of the Taliban.
“Pakistan and america educated Mujahideen teams to battle for the liberation of Afghanistan. Amongst these Mujahideen teams had been al Qaeda, had been varied teams from all around the world..these had been thought of heroes,” Imran Khan mentioned.
“Come 1989, the Soviets go away. So do the Individuals.. Pakistan was left with 5 million Afghan refugees. We had been left with sectarian militant teams which by no means existed earlier than. And a yr later, Pakistan was sanctioned by the US. We felt used,” Imran Khan mentioned.
“Quick ahead 9/11. Pakistan is required once more by the US as a result of now they’re invading Afghanistan and that may’t occur with the logistical help of Pakistan. What occurs after that? The identical Mujahideen that we have now educated that combating for occupation was a sacred responsibility, they turned in opposition to us. We had been referred to as collaborators,” the Pakistan PM mentioned.
Individuals within the bordering areas between Pakistan and Afghanistan had a powerful sympathy with the Afghan Taliban “not due to any spiritual ideology however due to Pashtun nationalism, which may be very sturdy, Khan mentioned, including that there are three million Afghan refugees nonetheless in Pakistan who all are Pashtuns, dwelling in camps. “All of them have affinity and sympathies with the Afghan Taliban. They do flip in opposition to Pakistan. For the primary time, we have now militant Taliban in Pakistan,” the Prime Minister mentioned.
Pashtun Tahafuz Motion chief Mohsin Dawar took to Twitter and mentioned that is misinformation that the Prime Minister is spreading on a world platform. “Simply shocked at how the PM of Pakistan can describe Taliban as Pashtun nationalists. The Taliban is a venture of Pakistan’s Generals for decimating Pashtun identification. Does the PM actually suppose that the world is so uninformed that he can promote such lies on the UNGA discussion board?” he tweeted.
In an earlier interview with CNN, Imran Khan had mentioned that the Haqqani community is the Pashtun tribe dwelling in Afghanistan.