While after US President Donald Trump asked the help of Imran Khan, the Prime Minister of Pakistan in the proceedings of the peace settlement in Afghanistan. A top American commander has told legislators that the policy of Islamabad seems to be the same and it continues to use the Taliban as a shield against India.
Marine Corps Lt Gen Kenneth McKenzie Jr told members of the Senate Armed Services Committee, “Pakistan is an essential element in long-term stability in Afghanistan ”, during his authentication hearing for a commander of the US Central Command.
He told Pakistan could play a significant role in promoting talks between the Afghanistan government and the Taliban, adding “I would welcome that development. At this time, however, Pakistan does not appear to be using the full extent of its influence to encourage the Taliban to come to the table”.
McKenzie told the legislators during his authentication hearing, “We continue to see the Taliban being utilised as a hedge against India rather than as part of a stable, reconciled Afghanistan”.
His responses to the Senate Armed Committee in reply to a set of written questions arise a day after it became public that Trump has sent a letter to Imran Khan, looking out his help in the peace process of Afghanistan.
The representative of the National Security Council of White House said, “President Trump sent a letter to Prime Minister Khan, requesting Pakistan’s full support to the US-led Afghan peace process and Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad upcoming trip to the region ”.
The representative added, “In the letter, the President recognises that Pakistan has the ability to deny the Taliban sanctuary on its territory ”.