President Dr. Alvi said during a virtual address to a high-level consultation on return and reintegration of the Afghan refugees held in Geneva that Afghanistan can become a “geo-economic and geostrategic hub” due to its unique location.
“The geo-economic and geostrategic hub [comprising the two countries] can allow goods to move from Central Asia towards the sea, and vice versa,” said the President.
“Pakistan has set aside almost one billion dollars to help the transition of Afghanistan for a prosperous future, which could prove beneficial to both the countries,” he added.
On-ground development plans in Afghanistan are important for Aghan refugees’ incorporation.
“Pakistan is ready to assist Afghanistan in its rebuilding and also help the reintegration of millions of refugees into their society through skill development,” he said.
Dr. Alvi said that Pakistan has been hosting a sizable number of Afghan refugees for the last 40 years on its and could further help Afghans to rebuild their country.
“The Afghan refugees, who are staying in Pakistan for two or three generations, would be returning to their homeland with a lot of skills, including entrepreneurship expertise learned in Pakistan,” he said.
The President appreciated the work done by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) for the rehabilitation of Afghan refugees. He also praised the efforts put in by UNHCR incumbent head Filippo Grandi and his predecessor Antonio Guterres.
Dr. Alvi said that only the people of Afghanistan have the final authority to decide the fate of the country by deciding their political and economic governance.
He congratulated the Afghans, their government, and the Taliban for coming together and moving towards a peace process, which “has its own dynamism of dividends for the people of Afghanistan”.
“After Afghanistan, Pakistan is the second most-affected country that suffered the devastation of the Afghan war for four decades. Similarly, peace in Afghanistan would also be benefiting Pakistan,” said Alvi.
He also highlighted that Pakistan has never neglected the Afghan refugees.
“Never has there been any voice within Pakistan that the Afghan refugees should be sent back, but with dignity,” he said.
It should be mentioned here that Prime Minister (PM) Imran Khan, who was on an official one-day visit to Kabul, said that his visit to the country was another step towards conveying Pakistan’s commitment to peace in Afghanistan.
Taking to Twitter, PM Imran said, “Our people in the tribal areas, who have suffered the ravages of the war in Afghanistan, will esp benefit from peace & trade.”
The premier hopes for increasing betterment between the two countries in terms of trade, peace, and bringing prosperity.
“I have never believed in military solutions which is why I always believed that in Afghanistan peace will be achieved through political dialogue,” he tweeted.