US should cut aid to turn Pakistan into a second North Korea: Zalmay Khalilzad

Zalmay-KhalilzadA top former American diplomat Zalmay Khalilzad has said the United States should aid to Pakistan in a bid to turn the country into second North Korea, accusing the country for supporting the regional terrorism.

Khalilzad who has also served as the US Ambassador to Afghanistan has said the United States specifically the country’s lawmakers have became confident that the Taliban group and Haqqani network leaderships are based in Pakistan.

He made the remarks during an interview with the BBC and said the militant groups fighting in Afghanistan are supported by Pakistan.

The former US envoy called on Afghanistan to gather all the evidences regarding Pakistan’s involvement in the violence in Afghanistan and hand them over to the UN Security Council.

The remarks by Khalilzad comes as several senior US lawmakers are expected to ask Pakistan if it is a friend of foe of Washington.

The senior lawmakers and their witnesses including Khalilzad are going to discuss the issue during a hearing that would be jointly held by House Subcommittees on Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Trade and Asia and the Pacific.

The Afghan officials have long been raising concerns regarding the presence of the Taliban group and Haqqani network leadership councils in Pakistan.

They are saying that the two groups are having leadership councils based in both Quetta and Peshawar cities of Pakistan from where they launch attacks in Afghanistan. -KP

THE PASHTUN TIMES

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