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Bill introduced in Senate to ban Taliban, foreign governments that support it

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(Lalit K. Jha)

WASHINGTON/ISLAMABAD, Sep 29 (PTI) A report in the US Senate has sought a report from the US Secretary of State on his assessment of the Taliban’s offensive to topple the US-backed Afghan government and Pakistan’s role in its offensive in the Panjshir Valley. Bill has been introduced. Pakistan has termed it an ‘undesirable’ move.

The bill, introduced on Tuesday by a group of 22 US Republican senators, also includes a provision to ban the Taliban and all foreign governments that support it in Afghanistan.

The legislation, titled ‘Afghanistan Counter-Terrorism, Monitoring and Accountability’, asked the US Secretary of State for Pakistan’s role in supporting the Taliban during 2001–20, its aggressive campaign to topple the Afghan government, and the Taliban’s response to the Panjshir Valley and Afghan protests. There has been a demand to submit a report on its assessment on Pakistan’s support in the offensive.

The bill was introduced by Senator Jim Rish. He is a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

The bill seeks a report from the foreign minister on Pakistan’s role in supporting the Taliban between 2001 and 2020, which led to the fall of the Afghan government… as well as in the Panjshir Valley and the Taliban’s attack against the Afghan resistance. They have been asked to give their assessment about the support of

It has sought a report from the President on the identification of areas where diplomatic, economic and defense cooperation can be increased with India in addressing the economic and security challenges posed by China, Russia and the Taliban in the region. It also called for an assessment of how changes in India’s security situation after the Taliban took over Afghanistan would affect cooperation between India and the US.

“We will continue to look at the serious effects of the reckless withdrawal of the President Joe Biden administration from Afghanistan,” Jim Rish said after introducing the bill in the Senate. Many American citizens and Afghan allies have been released in Afghanistan amid the threat of the Taliban. We are facing a new terrorist threat against the US, while the Taliban wrongly seek UN recognition, violating the rights of Afghan girls and women.

The bill also calls for strategies to combat terrorism, disposal of US equipment captured by the Taliban, sanctions on the Taliban and other terror groups in Afghanistan, and to prevent drug trafficking and human rights abuses. Has been. It also calls for a ban on the Taliban and on all foreign governments that support the organisation.

Meanwhile, a top US military general said the Taliban, now ruling Afghanistan, has failed to honor the 2020 Doha Agreement and, most importantly, that the organization has not yet split from al-Qaeda.

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General Mark Milley, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, told members of the Senate Armed Services Committee, “Under the Doha Agreement, the US was to begin the withdrawal of its forces if the Taliban met certain conditions, which would lead to A political settlement was reached between the Taliban and the government of Afghanistan.

He said that under the agreement, the Taliban had to fulfill seven conditions and the US had to fulfill eight conditions. “The Taliban did not attack US forces, which was a condition, but it completely failed to meet any of the other conditions under the Doha Agreement,” Milley said. And perhaps most importantly for US national security, the Taliban never broke away from al-Qaeda or cut ties with them.

On the other hand, the US fulfilled all its conditions, the official said. It is clear that the war in Afghanistan did not end on the terms the US wanted.

The Taliban began occupying parts of the country after the US began withdrawing its troops from Afghanistan on May 1 and took control of Kabul on August 15.

Milley said in response to a question that he believes al-Qaeda is in Afghanistan and they want to come together again.

On the other hand, on Wednesday, Pakistan said that its mention in the law introduced in the US Congress is ‘undesirable’.

Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry in Islamabad, on questions from the media about the US senators’ draft bill, said the draft law appears to be a reaction to the debate that is going on in the media in Washington and on Capitol Hill and the focus of the debate is on the US from Afghanistan. To examine the circumstances relating to the return of

The Foreign Ministry said in a statement, “Pakistan is mentioned in this law which is absolutely undesirable. We find all such references inconsistent with the spirit of Pakistan-US cooperation on Afghanistan since 2001, including cooperation to advance the Afghan peace process and more recently to evacuate Americans and other nationals from Afghanistan.

He said that while Pakistan has always maintained that there is no military solution to the conflict in Afghanistan, and no coercion will work, the only way to achieve lasting peace in Afghanistan is through management and dialogue.

The Taliban took control of Afghanistan last month and took control of all major towns and cities after the withdrawal of US forces began on May 1. The capital city of Kabul also came under their control on 15 August.

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