Pakistan will shut its border with Afghanistan in ‘national interest’ if Taliban takes over post-US withdrawal

The foreign minister’s statement comes a day after Prime Minister Imran Khan told reporters that Pakistan will be sealing its border with Afghanistan if the Taliban attempts to take over the country with their military might.

Pakistan’s foreign state minster Shah Mahmood Qureshi said the country will shut its border in “national interest” with neighboring Afghanistan if the Taliban takes over the country after the withdrawal folks troops from the region concludes.

Qureshi quoted in association with press that, “We will have to shut our border, we have to safeguard our national interest.” Qureshi said that we have claimed that Pakistan had sheltered 3.5 million Afghan refugees over the years as the Taliban ravaged Afghanistan but “we can’t take more”.

President Joe Biden announced in April that the US are going to be withdrawing its troops stationed in Afghanistan by 11 September. Also, the US forces have invaded the country following the September 11 twin tower attack, and Pakistan had joined the “war on terror” providing assistance in exchange of yank support.

The foreign minister’s admission comes each day after Prime Minister Imran Khan told reporters that Pakistan is going to seal its border, the Durand Line, with Afghanistan if the Taliban attempts to require over the country with their military might.

Khan criticized the choice to withdraw troops claiming that the leverage Pakistan had over the Taliban has been diminished by US withdrawing troops. “Reason is that the moment the US gave a date of exit, Taliban basically claimed victory. They are thinking that they won the war. And so, therefore, our ability to influence them diminishes the stronger they feel.”

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