Speaking to India Today in an exclusive interview, former US National Security Advisor (NSA) John Bolton said: “I don’t trust the Taliban. I don’t believe that Pakistan has severed its ties with them. Obviously they use Pakistan’s territory for base camps.”
Recalling how Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan dubbed Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden as a “shaheed” [martyr] a few days ago, former US National Security Advisor (NSA) John Bolton said Khan’s comment concerns the US. Bolton also said that he does not believe Pakistan has severed its ties with the Taliban.
John Bolton told India Today Group Editorial Director Raj Chengappa in an exclusive interview, “We were disturbed a few days ago when Imran Khan discussed Osama bin Laden and really put him up on the pedestal that’s not worth a terrorist of that sort. Perhaps there would be some domestic politics involved there. But it is something that concerns the US.”
When asked if he thinks that the US should act tougher with Pakistan, John Bolton said, “I have a very pessimistic view about the negotiations with the Taliban that the US has been engaged in. That’s one of the reasons that I ultimately left the Trump administration. I don’t trust the Taliban. I don’t believe that Pakistan has severed its ties with them. Obviously they use Pakistan’s territory for base camps.”
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“This is an issue that’s not going to go away. The US has not forgotten the 9/11, the US has not forgotten the aid Pakistan gave terrorists in Afghanistan for many years. Whatever the outcome of the negotiations or the November elections, the US is not going to sit by while this kind of terrorism grows new kind of bases in Afghanistan or anywhere else. I continue to regard it as a continuing and serious issue because of our common opposition to this terrorist threat,” John Bolton further said.
Speaking about Imran Khan, General Bajwa and the Pakistan government in general, John Bolton said: “When the leadership in Pakistan changes, we were hopeful that it will mark new opportunities to help resolve the issue.”
“We have a number of important things that are important between us and Pakistan. I’m not sure much if we’ll be able to do [resolve] between now and November elections, but the issues are really serious in our view.”