Turkish forces will take over
security of Kabul Airport: Mushahid


ISLAMABAD: Chairman, Pakistan Senate Defence Committee, Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed has disclosed that a strategic agreement has been reached between Taliban and Turkish government under which Turkish forces will take over the security of Kabul International Airport.

“US forces will be leaving by 31st August, therefore to run Kabul Airport and manage its proper security, there has to be a well-trained multi skilled team which performs this heavy task,” Senator Syed remarked.

Mushahid Hussain Syed

In an exclusive interview with ‘The Nation’, Lahore, Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed said the Turkish military had the capability to do this which is why they had negotiated these things with the Taliban. 

Responding to a question, Senator Mushahid said America would not like to stay more in Afghanistan, they would like to go now after spending 20 long years and trillions of dollars.

Senator Mushahid welcomed the assurance given by the Taliban leadership that Afghan soil would not be allowed to be used against terrorism against any country. Chairman of the Senate defence committee said Pakistan had to protect its strategic interests, particularly ensure its defence and security in the wake of the evolving situation in Afghanistan.

He said formation of an early inclusive and broad-based government in Afghanistan is imperative for regional peace and stability. “On the part of Pakistan, it is facilitating all afghan groups including Taliban for early formation of an inclusive government”, Senator Mushahid Hussain said.

When asked about US apprehensions about rise of Haqqani Network in Afghanistan, Senator Mushahid Hussain said why Americans are having apprehensions with Haqqani Network, Sirajuddin Haqqani was among Taliban leaders who signed peace deal with US in the presence of then US secretary of state Mike pompeo. “Haqqani leaders are still in touch with top US security officials on security issues and providing security for safe evacuation of US troops and their citizens”, remarked Senator Mushahid Hussain.

Afghan people climb atop a plane as they wait at the Kabul airport in capital Kabul

When asked, he said Pakistan had evacuated thousands of foreign nationals from Kabul and given them transit entry in Pakistan, this initiative has been lauded by the international community. “Those who are coming from Kabul and staying in Pakistan on transit visa would be leaving soon to another location”, he remarked. To another question, Senator Mushahid Hussain said a series of terror attacks on Chinese in Pakistan are alarming which needs to be investigated and those responsible for such heinous crimes must be brought to justice.

“After 15 August 2021, now there is no NDS in Kabul and Indian nexus with former NDS officials is dismantled, therefore our intelligence community must trace and unearth terror network which is operating in Pakistan and targeting Chinese and CPEC projects and also targeting our security forces in tribal areas”, Senator Mushahid Hussain commented.

To another question, he said change and Kabul takeover by the Taliban is a defeat for the US establishment and White House, including their narrative on Afghanistan.

“As far as Pakistan and its role in Afghanistan is concerned, Islamabad must be appreciated by the international community instead of unjustified criticism and alleged support to Taliban and Haqqani Network”, he said.