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Pakistan’s intelligence agency played key role in Taliban takeover of Afghanistan: US Congressman

WASHINGTON: Pakistan and its intelligence agencies played a key role in nurturing the Taliban and allowing them to eventually take over Afghanistan, a top Republican lawmaker said, saying it was disturbing to see Islamabad celebrating the group’s victory that would “bring unspeakable brutality” to Afghans.
Congressman Steve Chabot, co-chair of the India Caucus, said in his speech at the Hindu Political Action Committee’s virtual gala on Sunday that he applauded the Indian government for welcoming Afghan religious minorities who have good reason to fear persecution at its hands. The Taliban and their evil regime.
β€œOn the contrary, we all know that Pakistan and especially its intelligence agencies played a crucial role in nurturing the Taliban and eventually usurping their power. It is disturbing to see Pakistani officials celebrating the victory of this group that will bring unspeakable brutality to the Afghan people,” Chabot said.
“Pakistan’s persecution of its own religious minorities, however, receives far less attention here in America than it deserves. We would do well to educate our fellow citizens about these abuses. Persecution is manifested especially in the heinous practices of kidnapping, forced conversion Islam and the forced marriage of younger Hindu girls to older Muslim men,” he said.
Such allegations are not mere hearsay, he noted.
Major news organizations and human rights groups have documented this practice with many heartbreaking stories of girls being taken from their families in their early teens, and trafficked into forced marriages. These abuses are often ignored, the congressman said.
Chabot said in his speech that with about 6 million Hindus in America, Hindus are undoubtedly an integral part of society in the entire United States.
“Through a strong work ethic and high educational attainment, Hindus exemplify the American dream. These qualities allow Hindus to play key roles in communities across the country and give back to those communities in many ways,” he said.
That’s why reports of increasing discrimination against Hindu Americans across the country are so alarming, he lamented, adding that such discrimination has no place in America.
“We must find a way to end this,” Chabot added.

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