New Delhi : Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan said his country made “one of the biggest blunders” by siding with the US after 9/11 attacks in 2011. Speaking at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) on Monday in New York, Khan said Pakistan should have stayed neutral when the US went after the terror groups in Afghanistan.
Responding to a question on al-Qaeda terrorist Osama bin Laden, Khan also said that some people in the Pakistan Army didn’t agree on going after terror groups based in Afghanistan. Referring to former President General Pervez Musharraf’s decision on siding with the US, he said, “I think the Pakistani government should not have pledged what they could not deliver.”
Khan is on a week-long visit in the US to address the United Nations General Assembly on September 27, the same day as Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He further added ,“And so we created these militant groups to fight the Soviets…Jihadis were heroes then. Come 1989, Soviets leave Afghanistan, the US packs up and leaves Afghanistan…and we were left with these groups.”
Pakistan was one of the three countries which recognised the Taliban government in Afghanistan before the US invasion in 2001. After the invasion of US in Afghanistan following the 9/11 attacks, Pakistan extended support to American forces against the Taliban.