Impossible for Taliban to recapture Kabul: Pakistan Army

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Pakistan’s army has said that it will be “impossible for the Taliban to recapture Kabul and that Pakistan would support them”, reiterating that the country only aims for a “long-lasting peace in Afghanistan”.

Major General Babar Iftikhar, the Director General (DG) of the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), Wednesday said that Pakistan has done what it could do to influence the Taliban, reported The News. “Even Afghan leaders are admitting that Pakistan has done utmost for peace in Afghanistan,” he said while talking to foreign media at his office.

Stating that there should not be any void in Afghanistan, he added that it is for the citizens and the government of Afghanistan to determine the future of their country, how the dialogue process would further, and who they back to take it on.

On a question on NATO forces’ likely drawdown and the return of the Taliban after it, he said: “Afghanistan now is not what it was in ’90s and the state infrastructure cannot be trounced easily, and Pakistan also has changed. … It’s impossible for the Taliban to recapture Kabul and that Pakistan would support them. It isn’t going to happen.”

The DG ISPR maintained that the policy of the Pakistan government to extend a hand of peace to the neighbours was very clear. In this connection, he referred to the recent statement of Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa in which he talked about extending a hand of peace; however, this does not mean that they are not aware of the danger on the eastern border.

“We have a vigilant eye on all Indian military’s movements,” he said.

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