Pakistan to blame for ‘bad blood’ with Afghanistan: Imran Khan

Published: February 1, 2016
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In an exclusive interview given to Voice of America (VOA), Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chief Imran Khan has emphasised the need for both Pakistan and Afghanistan to remove tensions in bilateral ties and build mutual trust to assist the reconciliation process.

“I am very sad that the relationship is not good and I am also sad to say that Pakistan is to blame. We did not have consistent policies dealing with Afghanistan and then the interference in the past in affairs of Afghans has caused a lot of bad blood,” he said.

However, Khan was optimistic that things would getter between the neighbours.

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“I think in future I see very good relationship between the two countries. I think there is a realisation in Pakistan that the mistakes were made. We feel that we have to correct this bad blood caused by flawed policies,” Khan said.

Urging Afghanistan’s Taliban to negotiate a peaceful resolution to its conflict with the Kabul government, Khan said, “They (the Taliban) must come to the table and they must resolve this dispute through talks and negotiations. War is never a solution. In fact, war leads to unintended consequences just like in Iraq and Syria,”

Agreeing to the interview to discuss the repercussions of an instable Afghanistan for Pakistan, particularly in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, where PTI is in power, Khan said the Afghan Taliban is now in a stronger position to negotiate with all stakeholders in the peace process since US withdrawal is inevitable.

“Now, when they (Taliban) think the Americans are leaving they are now obviously pushing for a much harder bargain. They are not willing to accept the terms they would have accepted then,” Khan told VOA.

Afghan Taliban demand prisoner release to rejoin peace talks

The PTI chief also claimed some representatives of the Afghan Taliban had approached him a few years ago to help open peace negotiations with the then Afghan government. However, the US approach of relying on military might to defeat the insurgency discouraged the Taliban from seeking political reconciliation.

“Now you see the emergence of ISIS or Daesh (the Arabic acronym for Islamic State), and God knows where this is going to go. This is a direct result of that insane US invasion of Iraq,” said Khan.

Taliban control

When asked about the recently launched four-nation peace process, involving Afghanistan, Pakistan, China and the United States, Imran said it is was a ‘positive’ step.

“We hope and we pray that there is some sort of peace deal, some sort of a power sharing agreement and then the Americans leave,” he said.

Precondition for peace talks: Afghan Taliban want removal from UN blacklist

Earlier, US Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), reported that the Taliban now controls more territory than at any time since 2001, while approximately 72 percent of the country’s districts are under Afghan government control or influence.

The four-way contact group held two meetings last month in Islamabad and Kabul respectively while the next meeting is due in Islamabad on Saturday.

This article originally appeared on the Voice of America.

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Reader Comments (26)

  • Farru
    Feb 1, 2016 - 5:45PM

    I agree with Mr Khan on this. Pakistan has to help Afghanistan & its government at all fronts. Recommend

  • M
    Feb 1, 2016 - 5:51PM

    I’m a PTI supporter BUT…who opposed the creation of Pakistan and who opposed Pakistan’s inclusion into the UN security council in 1947? Who attacked Bajaur in 1962? Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Feb 1, 2016 - 6:23PM

    Shut up Imran and take ur afghan bros to Afghanistan. It’s good that this idiot never became the prime minister.Recommend

  • Sodomite
    Feb 1, 2016 - 6:26PM

    Ik has proved himself to be an idiot in politics and in life too. He should spend his time and fortune running his hospitals and let people get on with their lives. Recommend

  • vinsin
    Feb 1, 2016 - 7:09PM

    It is a fact that most of Pakistani and analysts dont treat Afghanistan as a sovereign nation but want to dictate orders.Recommend

  • Adnan Siddiqi
    Feb 1, 2016 - 7:11PM

    Felicitation to youth (ias) as their pea-brained leader has now become a poor man’s Khan Abdul Wali Khan.Recommend

  • Feb 1, 2016 - 7:34PM

    At last Imran Khan confessed the past mistakes committed by Pakistan civil-military leadership. The same problem has been pointed by the Pashtun nationalist since 1947 but they have been labelled as traitors. Mr. Imran Khan statement must be taken serious and the past course can be corrected if the policies toward Afghanistan are corrected now. In the same spirit, relations with India needs to be revisited.Recommend

  • Bunny Rabbit
    Feb 1, 2016 - 7:46PM

    He really believes that he’s some one special and has a voice in politics .
    wow Recommend

  • SL
    Feb 1, 2016 - 7:58PM

    IK views on foreign policy matter is vague and hollow. He is surrounded by Pakistan’s ex-FM, a love bird, who only knows how to mince words with NO substance. Why Pakistan is to blamed for bad relations with Afghan? These people are like parrot – “Totta Chasm”. We need to deal with them in neutrality and should not trust them at all. Look after your own backyard and don’t waste time discussing so called Afghan brothers. Enough is Enough!
    Mr. Khan, international politics is not like treating a cancer patient. With such weak knowledge on global politics, you stand NO chance to become a front line leader of Pakistan.Recommend

  • Jamhoor
    Feb 1, 2016 - 8:38PM

    Not sure what IK wants to achieve with this kind of statement.Recommend

  • someone
    Feb 1, 2016 - 9:09PM

    Indeed Mr. Khan. Pakistan’s strategic depth and strategic assets policy has caused enormous damage to Afghanistan and now its haunting Pakistan too. However US presence is necessary. If they leave, Afghanistan would become battle ground for ISIS and Taliban. ISIS would be victorious because of their better appeal of extremism and romantic idea of “Sharia” based regime and if that happens, Pakistan would be facing an enemy it has no preparation for.Recommend

  • Karachiwala
    Feb 1, 2016 - 9:45PM

    i have no clue what is exactly wrong with you IK. seriously! maybe open one hospital for cynical patient and get yourself treated first.

    It was Afghanistan, who opposed the creation of Pakistan.
    It was Afghanistan, who casted first, and anti Pakistan vote in UN.
    Afghanistan policy towards Pakistan was based on changing Durand line option.
    Afghan KHAD was actively working to create mess in N.W.F.P before 1970..

    Pakistan only started its somewhat broken policy in 1975… And anything bad Pakistan did is to let All Afghanistan People inside Pakistan as refugee. destroyed its own cultural fabric.

    IK- you have proofed so many WRONG people Right about YOU!
    A disguise British mole, embedded in our self as a Hero of the nation, Savior..eventually leading us to Slow Death!Recommend

  • NHA
    Feb 1, 2016 - 10:16PM

    @PkMAP:

    What is it in Afghanistan for Paksiatn. Nothing. It only wants Afghnistan to be onjective and do not let its territory be misused for activities against it.

    India and its agents have destroyed Afghanistan and its people. It is poor, addicted to opium, illiterate, violent, discreminatory, and above all ungrateful .

    Pak Pashtuns know and recognise India as a threat. No amount of verbal juglary will work. Recommend

  • NHA
    Feb 1, 2016 - 10:21PM

    @vinsin:

    It is your take . We in Pakistan treat Afghanistan with respect, as a neighbour with whom we share history, faith, and may be distiny.

    It is Indian agents who delibertaely push this thinking onto Afghans . This is cruelty and venom. Recommend

  • Imran
    Feb 1, 2016 - 11:17PM

    Is he crazy or what? Afghanistan is partially responsible for Pakistan’s downfall since 80s. We tried to help, we tried to defend, we took more Afghan refugees and yet they lick Indian’s balls. They are totally controlled by India that is why they hate us. Recommend

  • Baby Ka Husband
    Feb 2, 2016 - 12:28AM

    IK has become unhinged says Baby since Reham walked out on him. Recommend

  • PashtunZalmi
    Feb 2, 2016 - 1:13AM

    Imran Khan is stating facts. To bring peace to Pakistan & especially pashtun areas on both sides of Durand line, it is imperative to stop exporting Taliban jihadi terror to any neighbour. We do not want to be recognized with those who kills women & children in Kabul, rather we need to have good relation with people of Afghanistan. Recommend

  • curious2
    Feb 2, 2016 - 3:53AM

    Nobody outside of Pakistan will disagree with Khan’s statement – the fact that it’s controversial in Pakistan says much about Pakistan.Recommend

  • vinsin
    Feb 2, 2016 - 4:14AM

    @NHA:
    Your statement proven my point.Recommend

  • Naim
    Feb 2, 2016 - 4:26AM

    I’m PTI supporter but Mr Khan Afghanistan has always been problem to Pakistan, I don’t know why you com up with such statements. A. Recommend

  • Atif
    Feb 2, 2016 - 5:05AM

    Pakistan should seal border with Afghanistan permanently and end these so called tribal areas. The FATA should be made full part of Pakistan.

    No more drug production and weapon factories in tribal areas!Recommend

  • Sane Khan
    Feb 2, 2016 - 6:41AM

    Clean up our own backyard, and no power can bring any harm.Recommend

  • Prada
    Feb 2, 2016 - 8:08AM

    Finally somebody who is not afraid of the establishment and calls it as he sees it. The games they have played have only led to destruction everywhere.Recommend

  • Hafeez
    Feb 2, 2016 - 8:53AM

    Well done IK. Its never too late to accept mistakes.I hope the State realises it ASAP.Recommend

  • IndianDude
    Feb 2, 2016 - 9:17AM

    The world should help Pakistan seal its borders, so that there in no flow of people across the Pakistan’s border. This will be win-win for all.Recommend

  • Kimat gul khatak
    Feb 2, 2016 - 8:00PM

    I appreciate IMRAN saying the truth.the garbage splitters are having nothing else to do.
    Religious extremism is painful and damaging whether islamic,hinduism or yahud.
    Our national interest] is the welfare of our people
    Self blame is typical Pakistani and shameful.
    Please let the afghans in Pakistan be immediately sent back home or to India which is loved more by Afghans.
    A lot of people hate IMRAN as we know but he is the only honest leader in Pakistan. There is no body else at all.you want the poisonous NZ corporation

    Of course Pakistanis love crooks because of centuries of slave minds and opinions with no actions.even lowly Hindu is doing better.Recommend

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