Syed Fakhar Imam (Federal Minister): Pakistan played the role of a facilitator and convinced Afghan Taliban to come to negotiation table during peace negotiations between the United States and the militant group. After Taliban’s coming into power, the stance of Pakistan that war is not the solution to Afghan conflict is vindicated. The international community acknowledges the narrative of Pakistan regarding an Afghan-owned and Afghan-led peace process. Pakistan is an important regional country and Islamabad is seeking to reestablish itself as a strategic bridge in the region for the world’s great powers. The vision of Prime Minister Imran Khan is about a stable and prosperous region. There are a number of regional and extra-regional players making efforts to reshape the regional geo-political order.
Ali Muhammad Khan (Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs): The report of the Financial Times has vindicated the stance of Prime Minister Imran Khan and this is a victory of the narrative of Pakistan. United States has been badly defeated in Afghanistan and Afghan people have proved that no foreign power can occupy their motherland. PM Imran Khan, till the start of US invasion of Afghanistan, was of the view that the war was not a solution to Afghan crisis and the only way out was dialogue. United States after bearing the loss of trillions of dollars and many lives in Afghan war had to come to negotiation table at last. The world is also hailing the economic policies of Pakistan during the pandemic. When economy of the entire world was in deterioration, Prime Minister Imran Khan opted for smart lockdown strategy and provided an opportunity to the people to continue business activities. Moreover, Prime Minister announced a massive package for the construction industry to revive the economy.
Dr. Huma Baqai (IR Expert): Pakistan has always had a clear narrative that negotiation is the only way forward for a peaceful and stable Afghanistan. The world is still confused over US failure in Afghanistan. To hide behind its defeat, some biased US Senators have moved a bill in the US Senate seeking imposition of sanctions on the Afghan Taliban that could also extend to Pakistan. It clearly means that Washington wants to blame Islamabad over its failure. The Afghan situation is not due to Pakistan, rather American strategies and Ashraf Ghani's policies are the main reasons for prevailing situation in the war torn country. Pakistan has always highlighted the Indian role as a peace spoiler before and after the withdrawal of NATO forces from Afghanistan, but due to commercial interests with India, the world community is not taking the notice of New Delhi’s anti-Pakistan policies.