PM Imran Khan: It’s time to stand with Afghanistan

Dushanbe (HRNW) Now is the time to stand with the people of Afghanistan, Prime Minister Imran Khan said Friday.

The premier was addressing the 20th Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Council of Heads of State Summit in Tajikistan’s capital, Dushanbe. Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry, and National Security Adviser Moeed Yusuf attended the summit as well.

He pointed out that a “new reality” has been established in Afghanistan after the Taliban takeover and the world should accept that.

“It is relieving that all of this happened without bloodshed, civil war, and a mass exodus of refugees.”

It is now the international community’s responsibility to prevent any new conflict in the war-torn country and ensure that its security situation is stabilised, the PM said.

He called preventing a humanitarian crisis and economic meltdown “urgent priorities” for Afghanistan. “We must remember the country was primarily dependant on foreign aid and there’s a need for humanitarian assistance.”

He stressed that the Afghan Taliban should fulfill their promises and assured Pakistan’s support for a peaceful and stable Afghanistan, adding that the country is aiding evacuation efforts and providing support.

“This is an opportunity to end the 40-year war in Afghanistan and this moment should not be abandoned.” PM Khan warned that spreading negative propaganda at such a sensitive time can prove to be fatal, specially for the Afghan people.


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