PM briefed on arrival of foreign journalists in Pakistan from Afghanistan

Aizbah KhanWeb Editor

20th Aug, 2021. 03:26 pm
PM briefed on arrival of foreign journalists in Pakistan from Afghanistan

Prime Minister Imran Khan chaired a meeting on steps to be taken for the evacuation of foreign journalists in Afghanistan.

The meeting was attended by Information Minister Chaudhry Fawad Hussain, Minister of State for Information Farrukh Habib, Information Secretary and other senior officials.

The Information Minister briefed the Prime Minister on the steps taken by the Ministry of Information regarding the evacuation of journalists in Afghanistan.

Fawad Chaudhry also gave a detailed briefing on issues related to the arrival of foreign journalists in Pakistan and the provision of other facilities including visas to them.
The Information Minister said that in view of the situation in Afghanistan, a special cell has been set up in the Ministry of Information for the convenience of journalists to ensure prompt implementation of the applications received.
The Prime Minister appreciated the initiatives taken by the Special External Publicity Wing of the Ministry of Information to facilitate the international journalist community.
Other issues related to media were also discussed.
He added that promoting completely impartial, independent and responsible journalism in the country is the top priority of the government.

Earlier, Minister for Interior and Narcotics Control Sheikh Rashid Ahmed on Wednesday said that on the directives of Prime Minister Imran Khan, Pakistan has offered a special package of transit visa to Afghan diplomats and high officials on their arrival in Islamabad.

Addressing a press conference, he said that the government has decided to remain open all Pakistani airports round-the-clock for foreign diplomats, journalists, and high officials of IMF, World Bank etc who are coming from Kabul.

Immigration department, Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) and other concerned staff were available on airports to facilitate them, he said.

Rejecting the false propaganda of Indian media regarding the situation on Torkham and Chaman borders, he made it clear that there were no Afghan immigrants present over there.

“The situation on these two borders reportedly remained peaceful. The route was clear for trade and transit,” the minister maintained.

Sheikh Rashid, however, said personnel of armed forces, law enforcement agencies and government officials were on high alert. However, everything was under control on borders.

Since the mid of August, he said that at least 900 diplomats and other embassies’ staff had been evacuated from Afghanistan.

Similarly, three buses carrying Pakistani nationals had reached Pakistan via torkham border after the outset of Ghani’s government, he said.

A total of 613 Pakistani nationals had arrived so far, he informed.

The minister said that currently around 100-120 Pakistani nationals were still stranded in Afghanistan, however, the mission to evacuate them would be completed within a couple of days.

Responding to a question, the minister said that due to diplomatic efforts of the Pakistan, United States of America and Afghan Taliban sat on a negotiation table.

Pakistan’s efforts for peace process in Afghanistan would be remembered for long, he remarked.

The interior minister further said that lasting peace in Afghanistan was in the best interest of Pakistan.

“We will not allow anyone to use our soil against any country. We will also not tolerate if any other country’s land is used against Pakistan,” he added.

He said that Prime Minister Imran Khan had attempted to convince Ashraf Ghani to hold talks with Taliban but the former Afghan President was not clear about that.

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