World must not repeat its mistake of isolating Afghanistan: Asad Umar

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28th Aug, 2021. 02:30 pm
Asad Umar

In the wake of the evolving situation in Afghanistan, Minister for Planning and Development Asad Umar said on Saturday stressed that the world must not repeat the mistake it made after the soviet withdrawal.

“This is the time for the global community to engage and not isolate Afghanistan,” he said in a tweet.

The minister underscored that fraction of the money spent on the war in Afghanistan, spent honestly on development can enhance global security.

Expressing similar views, Minister for Information and Broadcasting Chaudhry Fawad Hussain said all the statements of Afghan Taliban showed that they were willing to form an inclusive government in Afghanistan.

In an interview with international news channel, he said Afghanistan’s situation is extremely dangerous at the moment and there is a dire need of engaging authorities in Kabul.

“If there will be a vacuum in Afghanistan, it will become headquarters for all the terrorist organisations in the world,” he underscored.

He said Afghanistan is a very complex and ethnically divided country. The theme of ruling the landlocked country exclusively might not work.

The minister said Pakistan has helped evacuate some 4,000 people from Afghanistan.

A day earlier, Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed said that the federal government had successfully evacuated all its citizens from Afghanistan, who wanted to return to the country.

However, he added, there were some Pakistanis who did not want to leave Afghanistan for their personal reasons and, therefore, they were still there.

Addressing a press conference at National Database and Registration Authority, he said that the federal government had issued transit visas to 1,500 people, while about 1,480 people were given access to Pakistan’s territories through Torkham border crossing, he added.

Both Torkham and Chaman border crossings were opened for those intending to travel to Pakistan if they had valid documents, he added.

Sheikh Rashid Ahmed said that it had been decided to issue 21 days transit visas to all foreigners including members of non-governmental organisations (NGOs), delegates, journalists and others at the Islamabad airport and Torkham border crossing, adding that the world community had appreciated the Pakistan government efforts to evacuate its citizens besides foreigners from Afghanistan.


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