Prime Minister John Key does not understand the history of Afghanistan, says former cricketer and Pakistani politician Imran Khan.
While Khan is known to many New Zealanders as the captain of Pakistan’s 1992 Cricket World Cup winning team, opinions polls suggest he may be elected the next prime minister of Pakistan.
Speaking to TVNZ’s Q+A programme from London, Khan responded to Key’s justification for committing SAS troops, given two years ago, that without troops, control would be ceded to the Taliban and “in more probability more terrorist attacks will be planned”.
“The New Zealand prime minister does not understand Afghanistan. If only he had read the history of Afghanistan, even the British – three wars in Afghanistan. The Russians killed a million Afghans – a million out of a population then of 15 million. A million died, and they were fighting more at the end than the beginning. Everyone was fighting. The women were fighting. They do not understand Afghanistan. This is a quagmire. From day one, I’ve opposed it, this insane war, and I can give you in writing that for another 10 years, there will be fighting there, and they will make no headway at all. In fact, they radicalise the people much more”
Full Transcript of interview here here
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