As U.S. hit a militant base in Afghanistan with its largest non-nuclear bomb this week, former U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan, Iraq and the United Nations, Zalmay Khalilzad, has called on Washington to launch similar strikes in Pakistan as well.
Speaking at Hudson Institute, a think tank at Washington, Khalilzad said that the single most important factor of instability in Afghanistan is presence of sanctuaries for militants in Pakistan.
“If we are attacked from those places… They would be legitimate targets for a response,” he said at the seminar on Friday.
The Afghanistan-born diplomat also called for changing the balance on the ground from the one of stalemate that had favoured the Taliban to one that favoured Kabul and the international forces.
More than 90 Islamic State militants were killed when U.S. dropped its largest non-nuclear bomb ever used in combat, in Achin district of Nangarhar province. The deaths in the bombing included also four senior commanders of the group.
Pakistan has repeatedly been accused of allowing militant sanctuaries in its soil.
And as U.S. National Security Adviser is visiting Kabul, Islamabad and New Delhi, Khalilzad said that he hoped that the official “makes that point clear when he sits across the table when he is in Islamabad.”