Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan said the best way forward for peace and stability in Afghanistan was to engage with and encourage the Taliban on issues such as women's rights and inclusive government. Speaking to CNN from his private Bani Gala residence in Islamabad On Wednesday, Khan spoke about what he has endured perceived to be a terrible relationship with the United States that has been disastrous for Pakistan and how he is now seeking a more pragmatic approach to dealing with thenew Afghan leaders. It was the prime minister's first interview with an international news organization since the Taliban took control of neighboring Afghanistan last month, after the complete withdrawal of US troops. The Taliban hold all of Afghanistan and if they can somehow work towards an inclusive government, bring all factions together, Afghanistan could have peace after 40 years. But if it turns out badly and this is what really worries us, it could escalate into chaos. The biggest humanitarian crisis, a huge refugee problem, said Khan. Khan claimed that the Taliban were seeking international help to avert a crisis, which could be used to push the group in the right direction towards legitimacy. However, he warned that Afghanistan could not be concontrolled by outside forces.Read more No puppet government in Afghanistan is supported by the people, he said. So rather than just sit here and think we can control them, we should be pushing them. Because Afghanistan, this current government, clearly feels that without international aid and aid, they will not be able to stop this crisis. So we must push them in the right direction. Even before the Taliban returned to power, protracted Conflict, poverty, consecutive droughts, economic decline and the coronavirus pandemic had exacerbated a Already dire situation in which 18 million Afghans - nearly half the population - needed help, according to UN agencies. To critics who say the Taliban will destabilize the country, Khan said withdrawal of the Soviets in 1989, which resulted in a bloodbath. Khan said he expected thisthat a similar bloodbath occurs after the departure of the American forces. Our intelligence agencies told us that the Taliban would not be able to take over all of Afghanistan, and if they tried to take over Afghanistan militarily, there would be a protracted civil war, which is what we were afraid of because we are the ones who would suffer the most, Khan said. Now, he said, the world should give them time to form a legitimate government and keep their promises. CNN's Becky Anderson interviewed Imran Khan on Wednesday. Women in Government Since coming to power, the militant group has tried to spruce up its international credentials, with pledges to keep human rights, party in thisthat concerns women and girls, and enable journalists to continue their work. However, women have been left out of the Taliban intransigent interim government , were ordered to stay at home in some areas, and their education is limited. Demonstrations against the Taliban regime and for civil rights have been violently suppressed, with reports of journalists arrested and beaten. It 's a mistake to think that someone from the outside will give rights to Afghan women. Afghan women are strong. Give them time. They will get their rights, Khan said. Women should have the capacity in a society to realize their potential in life, Khan said. In Pakistan, whatwe did, is that we actually gave stipends to poor families to get girls to study in school because we think that if girls, if girls study, if they have an education, they will get their own rights, he said. However, many members of the international community do not hope that the Taliban will make any progress in upholding women's rights. The Taliban, who ruled over Afghanistan from 1996 to 2001, but were ousted from power after the US-led invasion, historically treated women as second-class citizens, subjecting them to violence, forced marriage and an almost invisible presence in the country. The group has banned women from working, prevented them from leaving home unaccompanied and forced them to cover their entire bodies. In recent days, the Taliban have enforced gender segregation in classrooms and declared that female students, teachers and employees must wear the hijab in accordance with the Group interpretation of Sharia A Taliban official announced that women would not be allowed to play cricket and other sports. And Taliban fighters used whips and sticks against female demonstrators, who took to the streets in sporadic protests across the country to demand equal rights. Contrary to assurances that the Taliban will respect women's rights, over the past three weeks women have instead been gradually excluded from the public sphere, the chief human rightsAs of the UN, Michèle Bachelet said in Geneva on Monday. Withdrawal to the United States Khan has previously criticized the United States' exit from Afghanistan and said he had not spoken with US President Joe Biden since the takeover Taliban, although Pakistan is a major non-NATO ally. I imagine it is very busy, but our relationship with the United States does not depend on just a call over the phone, it has to be a multidimensional relationship, said Khan. TC is something Khan doesn't think Pakistan enjoyed during the US's 20-year war in Afghanistan. “We (Pakistan) were like a mercenary,” Khan said. We were supposed to make them (the United States) win the war in Afghanistan, which we never could. Khan said he had repeatedly warned theAmerican officials that America could not achieve its objectives militarily and that it would get stuck there. He said the United States should have attempted a political settlement with the Taliban in a position of strength. at the height of its presence in Afghanistan, not when it was withdrawing. As a neighboring country with deep cultural ties, Pakistan's fate is intertwined with that of Afghanistan. Violence, political turmoil and the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan inevitably spill over from the . For Khan, the US invasion of Afghanistan in 2001 was disastrous for Pakistan. According to Khan, thousands of Pakistanis have lost their lives in terrorist attacks by militant groups due to his country's support for the United States. Just because we sided with the United States, we became an ally of the United States after 9/11 and the war in Afghanistan.country suffered at one point, 50 militant groups were attacking our government ... in addition to this one, they must also know that there were 480 drone attacks by the United States in Pakistan , a He added. The only time a country has been attacked by its ally, he said of the US strikes. The United States has repeatedly accused Pakistan of harboring terrorists and giving them safe haven, a claim that Khan denies. What are these havens? Khan asked. The area of Pakistan along the with Afghanistan was most drone-monitored in the United States ... surely they would have known if there had been safe havens? By not standing up to the United States, the former Pakistani heads of state opened up to accusations of collaboration, Khan said. The question is whether Pakistan was in a position to carry out military action against the Afghan Taliban when it was already under attack.from the inside, from the Pakistani Taliban attacking the state of Pakistan? he said. Khan said he cannot destroy my country to wage war on someone else. The Afghan Taliban wasn 't attacking us. I would love if I were in government. I would have told the United States that we are not going to confront them militarily because first we have to serve the people. My responsibility would have been to the people of my country said Khan. Becky Anderson of CNN, Alireza Haji Hosseini and Zeena Saifi reported from Islamabad, and Helen Regan wrote from Hong Kong.