The US government defence wing, Pentagon, on Friday said that it is closely working with Pakistan to counter-terrorism in Afghanistan. Pakistan has allowed American military to flight over the region and also gave access to facilitate the presence of the US in Afghanistan, reported AFP quoting top Pentagon official. The statements were made during the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing held on Friday.
Assistant Secretary of Defence for Indo-Pacific Affairs David F Helvey also told the Senate Armed Services Committee that the US will continue its talks with Pakistan due to tremendous cooperation and significant part it has played to support the peace process in the neighbouring country tormented by constant wars and terrorist attacks.
Helvey’s statement came in response to a question raised by Senator Joe Manchin during the hearing about Pakistan’s role and the assessment made by the US before any such involvement.
“Could you outline your assessment of Pakistan and specifically the Pakistan Intelligence Service the ISI, and the role you expect them to play in our future?” Manchin had asked.
Last month, US President Joe Biden announced the withdraw of all US troops from Afghanistan by September 11 this year, a decision that received mixed reactions from the Senate.
Senator Jack Reed, Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, called President's decision on troop removal to be seen as a transition, not closure.
A Republican Party leader and ranking member Senator James M Inhofe said that he and his party are opposed to the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan at this point of time.
“The fact that the President chose this date, the 20th anniversary of the most horrific terrorist attacks in our nation's history indicates this was a calendar-based political decision. It was not based on conditions on the ground, which is the strong bipartisan recommendation Congress has given to both Republican and Democrat presidents over the last decade,” he said.
The decision to remove the American troops is based on a landmark deal signed between the US and the Taliban in Doha on February 29 last year. The deal was incorporated to promote peace and harmony in Afghanistan.