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Senators welcome delay in US presence, urges to pressure Pakistan

(Last Updated On: October 18, 2015)

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Afghan Senate House welcomed Obama’s decision to keep forces in Afghanistan beyond 2016 and urged the U.S. to pressure Pakistan to stop interfering in Afghanistan’s affairs.

“We are not against the presence of the American troops in Afghanistan, but we ask the U.S. to rescue us from its slave which is Pakistan. Its [US] presence is only effective in Afghanistan if they pressure Pakistan to stop killing us and to stop supporting and funding terrorists,” Senate member Shir Mohammad Akhundzada said.

Senators believe U.S. presence in Afghanistan is effective only if American troops target the nest of Taliban and other terrorist groups inside and outside the country and increase political, military and economic pressures over Islamabad.

“Terrorists centers must be targeted, political, military and economic pressures must be intensified over those who support Taliban and other terrorist networks,” Senate House Deputy Mohammad Alam Izatyar said.

A number of the lower house members are asking the U.S. to equip Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) with heavy air and ground equipments to defeat Taliban insurgents in the battlefields.

Senate member Gul Ahmad Azami stated,” The United State of America and the International Community must consider supporting Afghanistan with the military equipments, if we had air forces we could prevent Kunduz collapse”.

On Friday Obama announced to keep 5,500 troops in three strategic bases in Parwan, Nengarhar and Kandahar beyond 2016 despite of his earlier withdrawal plan.

According to the reports currently about 9,800 American troops are based in Kabul, Bagram Air Base, Jalalabad and Kandahar.

Reported by: Abdul Aziz Karimi

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