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McCain has poor sense of history, says Khawaja Asif

Published : Oct 7, 2017, 6:20 am IST
Updated : Oct 7, 2017, 6:21 am IST

McCain, the chairman of the powerful Senate Armed Services Committee, is known as a friend of Pakistan.

Khawaja Asif (Photo: AFP/File)
 Khawaja Asif (Photo: AFP/File)

Washington: Pakistan foreign minister Khawaja Asif has slammed powerful Republican senator John McCain for comparing the war in Afghanistan with that of Vietnam.

“Senator McCain was drawing parallel between Vietnam and the war in Afghanistan. Let me remind him through this forum, he has a poor sense of history,” Mr Asif said here while speaking at the US Institute of Peace, a Congress supported think-tank.

Mr Asif's remarks surprised the audience mainly because Mr McCain has often come to the defence of Pakistan and has been opposed to taking any punitive measure against the country.

Mr McCain, the chairman of the powerful Senate Armed Services Committee, is known as a friend of Pakistan.

A former Republican presidential candidate, McCain is widely respected across the political spectrum and in the American military establishment.

The reason for Mr Asif’s outburst against Mr McCain was not immediately clear.

Mr Asif said that when the Americans took over the Vietnam War, they had actually lost the war from day one.

“Because in Indo-China the French were too clever for the Americans. They handed over a lost war, a losing war to the Americans. And the Americans were too happy to fight for one and half decade a war which had no end,” he said.

And then they had to bomb Laos and Cambodia for having sanctuaries, he added. “There were many many other causes. So let's not play to the galleries. Let’s not play to your constituents. Let’s face the verdict of history. The verdict of the history was that you perused a folly in Vietnam and you lost it,” he said.

The verdict of history will be that if the way the Afghan problem is being pursued, the USs will lose Afghan War also, Mr Asif said as he expressed his opposition to the new South Asia Strategy of the Trump administration.

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