Islamabad Endorse International World for Afghan Peace

September 3, 2021

The Foreign Office restated the government’s approach to comply with the international community to bring peace to Afghanistan on Thursday. “Pakistan is determined to work together with the international community to promote the mutual goals of peace, progress, and stability in Afghanistan,” FO spokesman Asim Iftikhar said at the weekly media briefing.

Since the Taliban took over Kabul on August 15, Pakistan has maintained close ties with the International Community. Numerous international leaders have communicated with or met with Prime Minister Imran Khan and Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi. Much of this involvement has been centered on the evacuation of foreigners and helpless Afghans from Afghanistan. With Pakistan’s support, approximately 12,000 people from approximately 38 countries were evacuated from Afghanistan.

According to Mr. Iftikhar, global leaders and heads of International Organizations have widely recognized Pakistan’s assistance with evacuation. Now that the rescue operations phase is over, attention is shifting to the future Afghan government, its acceptance, the rising humanitarian crisis, and the prospects for stability and peace.

Dominic Raab, the UK Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Affairs, is currently in Pakistan for a two-day visit to discuss the emerging circumstance in Afghanistan with Pakistan’s governance. In the meantime, on Thursday, US Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen Mark A. Milley spoke by phone with Chief of the Army Staff Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa.

According to a statement from Gen Milley’s office, “the senior leaders addressed items of common interest, including the existing security environment in Pakistan and the region.” Pakistan has continuously urged the international community to stay involved in Afghanistan while also advising of the serious consequences of giving up Afghanistan at this stage. At this point, the primary concerns are food and medical supply shortages as well as a possible economic collapse.

Mr. Iftikhar highlighted, “It would also be critical for regional and international partners to take constructive part with Afghanistan, including by assisting the country’s economy, reconstruction, rehabilitation, and humanitarian needs”. He added, “At this crucial stage, the international community’s interconnectivity on peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan represents an opportunity”.

According to the FO spokesman, national carrier PIA assisted in the delivery of World Health Organization medical supplies to Mazar-i-Sharif. Pakistani officials, he said, were collaborating with the World Food Programme to facilitate the growth of a “humanitarian air bridge.” The spokesman also criticized last week’s terrorist attacks at Kabul International Airport, which killed over 170 Afghans and 13 US marines.

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