The European Parliament on Tuesday passed a resolution on the situation in Afghanistan and blamed Pakistan for assisting the Taliban in fighting the National Resistance Front of Afghanistan (NRF) to take control of the Panjshir Valley. International reports had earlier claimed that Pakistan was actively involved in the fight.
European Parliament have now hit out at the country for supporting the Taliban in the fight. Pakistan is assisting the Taliban in fighting the NRF by supplying its special forces and providing air support. The Taliban fighters have been provided with safe havens in Pakistan for many years, the motion also alleged. Taliban have proclaimed the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan and have already started to impose numerous repressive measures reversing the achievements of the Afghan people of the past 20 years that were supported and facilitated by the EU and the international community. The international community except for a few countries have been voicing concern over the developments in the war-torn nation. The motion instructed the European External Action Service (EEAS) to convey to Pakistan’s leadership that it bears responsibility for security and stability in Afghanistan and that Pakistan’s influence on the Taliban will be taken into account when considering the renewal of the Generalised Scheme of Preferences Plus (GSP+) and to weigh up whether there is reason to immediately review Pakistan’s eligibility for GSP+ status in the light of current events and whether there is sufficient reason to initiate a procedure for the temporary withdrawal of this status and the benefits that come with it.