Recognition of Afghanistan will only happen after regional consultations: Munir Akram
Pakistan would like an “inclusive, broad-based government” in Afghanistan, but the question of recognition would arise only after the leaders of Taliban and other groups, now in talks, form a government, Ambassador Munir Akram said.
“We are consulting with all the regional countries in order to have a coordinated approach on the issue of not only the recognition but going forward, what are the steps that are required to stabilize Afghanistan,” he said in an interview with Al Jazeera.
“That’s our priority, which is to stabilise Afghanistan, for which we will need to have humanitarian assistance, reviving the economy, inclusive government, and action against terrorism,” the Pakistani envoy said.
“So all these issues are in the mix,” Ambassador Akram said.
The question of recognition, he said, will only emerge once there is a government in Afghanistan, for which talks are going on.
“We are hoping that the government which they announce will be an inclusive government, which will have representation from different ethnicities and different groups in Afghanistan so that they can command and (have) support throughout the country.”
At the same time, Ambassador Akram said, “The issue of terrorism emanating from Afghanistan is a special concern for Pakistan because we have had the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), which has been operating from the territory of Afghanistan, which had support from the intelligence agency of the former government, as well as the Indian intelligence agency.” He hoped that TPP and other terrorist groups, including ISIL-K, would be “neutralised.”
In response to a question, he said Pakistan was also helping with the evacuation efforts, having flown out about 2, 200, diplomats, employees of international organisations and Afghans who have had emergency needs.
Pakistan was also facilitating the task of UN humanitarian personnel to deal with the emergency situation of 14 million food insecure people in Afghanistan, Ambassador Akram said.
“I think if there is a humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan, we will see large outflow of refugees on our borders and those of other neighbours,” he said pointing out that Pakistan is just not in a position to take more refugees, with 3 million Afghans already in the country.
“So it’s a big concern for us — we have to deal with the humanitarian situation, and we have to deal with the terrorism threat.”
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