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FM Qureshi desires world to assist Afghanistan, unfreeze property

Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi
Overseas Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi referred to as upon the worldwide neighborhood to assist Afghans at a essential juncture by totally different steps, together with unfreezing their property, as in response to him, there may be nonetheless hope for peace in Afghanistan.

“Afghans have confronted conflict within the final 4 many years so the worldwide neighborhood shouldn’t depart Afghans alone now,” mentioned the overseas minister whereas interacting with the United Nations’s press representatives.

“A peaceable Afghanistan will profit the entire area. Pakistan desires peace and stability in Afghanistan as a result of if the Afghanistan state of affairs deteriorates, Pakistan might be [the] most affected.”

Qureshi mentioned Pakistan has been internet hosting greater than three million Afghan refugees for the final 4 many years with restricted sources and with out monetary assist from the worldwide neighborhood.

Pakistan’s financial system can not bear the burden of refugees, he added.

Qureshi mentioned his nation gave all-out assist for the evacuation of residents, diplomatic workers and media representatives of various international locations from Afghanistan.

To deal with the rising humanitarian disaster in Afghanistan, Qureshi mentioned the worldwide neighborhood should transfer ahead and take steps to make sure the assist of Afghans.

The federal minister mentioned Pakistan, like different neighbours, seeks a complete coalition authorities in Afghanistan. He mentioned Pakistan believes that the reconciliation course of in Afghanistan can’t be accomplished with out the formation of a authorities that has a illustration of all political events.

The preliminary statements made by Taliban leaders are encouraging, mentioned Shah Mehmood Qureshi, including that respecting worldwide opinion and preserving its guarantees is in the most effective curiosity of the Taliban as they search recognition by the world.

“I do not assume anyone is in a rush to recognise them at this stage and the Taliban ought to control that as they need to be extra delicate and extra receptive to worldwide opinion.”

“In my view, unfreezing the frozen property of Afghanistan for [the] Afghans might function a serious step for confidence-building that would additionally incentivise constructive behaviour,” he mentioned.

“On one hand, you are elevating recent funds to avert a disaster and alternatively cash that’s theirs — belongs to them — they can not use. I believe freezing the property is just not serving to the state of affairs. I might strongly urge the powers that be that they need to revisit that coverage and consider an unfreeze.”

The US froze $9.5 billion in Afghan central financial institution property and worldwide lenders have stayed away from Afghanistan, cautious of offering cash that may very well be utilized by the Taliban.

Qureshi mentioned a number of constructive elements additionally emerged throughout the present transition in Afghanistan. The absence of bloodshed and civil conflict throughout this latest change is a constructive side, he mentioned, including that the statements made by the Taliban concerning the tip of the conflict, amnesty, respect for primary human rights and safety of ladies’s rights are encouraging.

On Pakistan-India relations

The federal minister additionally highlighted the Imran Khan-led authorities’s good intentions in the direction of India. He mentioned Prime Minister Imran Khan, after taking workplace, invited India to take one step in the direction of peace which Pakistan will reciprocate with its two steps.

Nonetheless as an alternative of accepting the supply, India took unilateral and unconstitutional steps in Occupied Jammu and Kashmir on August 5, 2019, which additional difficult the state of affairs, the federal minister mentioned.

“We would like peace. Even in the present day, India has an possibility. If it desires peace within the area, it ought to cease the continued atrocities on Kashmiris and reverse all unconstitutional measures of August 5,” he mentioned. He mentioned voices are being heard in the present day from inside India in opposition to its Hindutva insurance policies.

Pakistan seeks partnership in peace efforts within the area, he mentioned.

Amongst those that met the overseas minister have been representatives of The Related Press Edith Lederer, AFP’s Shaun Tandon, Al-Arabiya Al-Jadeed’s Ibtisam Azem, Newsweek’s Tom O’Conner, Bloomberg’s David Wainer, Tass – Russian information company’s Vladimir Kostyrev, Nikki’s Wajahat Khan and Kaori Yoshida, Anadolu Information Company’s Betul Yuruk, and the Related Press of Pakistan’s Iftikhar Ali.