Situation demands Afghan people are not abandoned, says Qureshi


ISLAMABAD:

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Wednesday stressed the need for the world to take concrete steps, on a war footing, to extend economic and humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan.

The top diplomat’s remarks came while speaking to his New Zealand counterpart Nanaia Mahuta via video link.

During the meeting, Qureshi stated that time warranted that the Afghan people were not abandoned.

The foreign minister of New Zealand appreciated Pakistan’s efforts for the safe evacuation of foreign nationals from Kabul.

Moreover, Qureshi also raised the matter of New Zealand cricket team’s cancellation of Pakistan tour last month .

The top diplomat stated that New Zealand’s decision hurt the sentiments of cricket-loving people of both the countries.

However, the foreign ministers expressed the determination to further strengthen the bilateral relationship between the two countries.

Qureshi also briefed his counterpart about the blatant human rights violations being carried out by Indian occupation forces in Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK).

“Pakistan has recently presented a dossier to the world about the Indian war crimes in the occupied territory,” the FM informed his counterpart.

On October 5, the FM urged the international community to take concrete steps for the provision of humanitarian and economic assistance to the Afghan people.

Read FM Qureshi urges int’l community to provide economic assistance to Afghanistan

The foreign minister’s resolve came during a telephonic conversation with Kenyan counterpart Raychelle Omamo where he said if the situation deteriorated further in Afghanistan, it would lead to a huge outflow of Afghan refugees besides other consequences.

On October 11, Prime Minister Imran Khan reiterated his call for the world to engage with Afghanistan, warning that there were hardliners within the Taliban movement, who, if pushed away by the international community, could easily go back to the Taliban of 2000.

In an interview with Middle East Eye, a London-based online news outlet, Prime Minister Imran asked the United States to “pull itself together” or face the collapse of the war-torn country, which would become a haven of terrorists.

“It’s a really critical time, and the US has to pull itself together because people in the United States are in a state of shock,” Imran said. “They were imagining some sort of democracy, nation-building or liberated women, and suddenly they find the Taliban are back. There is so much anger and shock and surprise,” he added.

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