“Any sustainable solution in Afghanistan must include Pakistan,” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said Friday.
“Just spoke with the Ambassador of Pakistan to the United States about the situation in Afghanistan,” Sen. Graham reported in a tweet thanking the Pakistan government for its help with the U.S. effort to safely evacuate U.S. citizens and others from Afghanistan.
Sen. Graham warned of the danger of nuclear-armed Pakistan falling into the hands of “a Pakistan version of the Taliban”:
“We all must remember Pakistan is a nuclear-armed nation, and there is a Pakistan version of the Taliban who wishes topple the Pakistani government and military.”
“Very complicated region and dangerous times,” Sen. Graham concluded.
Graham’s warning follows Thursday’s suicide bombing at Kabul Airport, which killed at least a dozen U.S. servicemembers and prompted new criticism of the Biden Administration’s willingness to trust the Taliban to help the U.S. safely evacuate those desperate to flee the war-torn country.