US Enquires For Northwest India’s ‘Over-The-Horizon’ Capability For Afghanistan

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Afghanistan: the US administration preferred not to make specific comments on this issue publicly. (To file)

Washington:

A powerful US lawmaker has sought to explore the possibility of over-the-horizon capabilities in northwest India for counterterrorism capabilities in Afghanistan, which is now ruled by the Taliban.

The Biden administration, in response to specific questions raised by lawmakers during a congressional hearing on Monday, preferred not to make specific comments on this matter publicly.

“Generally, Congressman, we are deeply engaged with India in all areas. As far as, however, the details regarding the increase in capacity and the plans that we have and will continue to put in place. , I prefer to take it up in a different setting, ”Secretary of State Antony Blinken said during a congressional hearing.

Blinken was responding to a specific question from Republican Congressman Mark Green.

“Considering the rumors of ISI support for the Taliban, have you contacted India as a possible staging area for overseas forces? I’m talking about northwest India as a potential because we all know Qatar and Doha, the other places, are just a bit too far away, ”Green said.

“Kuwait, all that. What about Northwest India? And did you reach out – did you think about that? ” He asked.

The so-called “beyond the horizon” capability means maintaining the ability to deter or destroy potential terrorist plotters at a much greater distance.

Republican Congressman Scott Perry said the United States should no longer pay Pakistan because of its support for terrorism. “I would say we shouldn’t pay Pakistan anymore and we should pay India,” he said.

Democratic Congressman Bilk Keating has alleged that Pakistan has played an active and, in many ways, a negative role in Afghan affairs for decades, not just recently but decades.

“From the very beginning, its inception, they helped brand the Taliban name. And in 2005, when the Taliban reconstituted in eastern and southern Afghanistan and, above all, across the border in Pakistan and as a Pakistani ISI, their Inter-Services Intelligence agency had such strong ties and cooperation with the Haqqani Network, which was responsible for so many things, including the deaths of some of our soldiers, “he said. he declared.

Even recently, when the Taliban took power last month, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan claimed that Afghanistan had “broken the chains of slavery.” Mentioned.

“I would say it’s often duplicity. So as we move forward in the region, as we move forward in our counterterrorism missions, how do we reassess this relationship? How will we learn from their actions? When we move forward, what do we do? What are some of the big issues we should be having on the ground that we should be having in our relationship with Pakistan and how they have acted over these decades? Keating asked.

Blinken seemed to agree with Keating. “I think you are absolutely right to point out the role Pakistan has played over the past 20 years and even before it. It’s a role that has consisted of constantly hedging his bets on the future of Afghanistan. the Taliban, including the Haqqanis, ”he said.

“It is also the one who is involved at various points of cooperation with us on the fight against terrorism. And so, there are a number of things that came into play. He has a multiplicity of interests, some of which are clearly in conflict with ours. When it comes to Afghanistan, of course, it also focuses on India and the role India is playing in Afghanistan, ”Blinken said.

“He (Pakistan) looks at him through that lens as well. All of these things have influenced what he has done on numerous occasions, to the detriment of our interests; on other occasions, in support of those interests.

“And so going forward, what we are looking at (and) what we need to look at is an insistence that every country, including Pakistan, meet the expectations of the international community as to what is required of it. ‘a Taliban-led government; government, if it wants to receive any legitimacy or support in the future; include guaranteed freedom to travel; include honoring its commitments not to allow Afghanistan to be used as a safe haven for outward-directed terrorism, to include upholding the basic rights of the Afghan people, including women, girls and minorities, ”Blinken said.

Pakistan must therefore align itself with the rest of … with a large majority of the international community to work for these ends and to defend these expectations,” said the top US diplomat.

(Except for the title, this story was not edited by DAILYNEWSCATCH staff and is posted from a syndicated feed.)

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