Raj Abrar: A senior White House official has said Pakistan has a “fundamental responsibility” to address the use of its territory by “malign actors” like the Afghan Taliban and the Haqqani network.
Lisa Curtis, the Deputy Assistant to the US president and Senior Director for South and Central Asia at the National Security Council, claimed that Pakistan playing a constructive role is an important element in implementing a peace process in Afghanistan was ensuring that Pakistan plays a constructive role. “The fact is that the Afghan Taliban, including the Haqqani network, has enjoyed sanctuary in Pakistan throughout the past 16 years of conflict,” Curtis said in her keynote address to ‘The Long Search for Peace in Afghanistan’, organized by the US Institute of Peace. She said the US had asked for Pakistan’s assistance in facilitating a peace process in Afghanistan. “However, we have to be clear that Pakistan’s interests are not served by a Taliban resurgence in Afghanistan. Pakistan has a fundamental responsibility to address the use of its territory by these malign actors,” the top White House official said. “We must ensure Afghanistan’s near and far neighbors all agree that Afghanistan should be stable and peaceful,” she said.