Prime Minister Imran Khan. — AFP/File

Prime Minister Imran Khan has urged the worldwide neighborhood to meet its collective accountability and lend assist to Afghanistan the identical means Pakistan has all the time stood by the Afghan individuals of their hardships.

The premier’s remark got here throughout performing Afghan overseas minister Amir Khan Muttaqi’s go to to Islamabad to attend the Troika Plus assembly, on the invitation prolonged by FM Shah Mahmood Qureshi.

“We now have assured [Muttaqi] and his delegation we are going to present all potential humanitarian assist to Afghanistan. We’re sending important meals objects, emergency medical provides and winter shelters to supply quick reduction to Afghan individuals,” PM Imran Khan wrote on Twitter.

The premier went on to say that Pakistan will administer free COVID-19 vaccines to all Afghans travelling throughout the border into Pakistan.

“Once more I urge the worldwide neighborhood to fulfil its collective accountability to avert a grave humanitarian disaster confronting the individuals of Afghanistan,” he wrote.

Muttaqi attends Troika Plus assembly

Muttaqi’s go to is in continuation of Overseas Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi’s go to to Kabul final month.

The go to shall be centered on bilateral relations between the 2 nations, with a deal with enhancing inter-alliance commerce, facilitation of transit commerce, cross-border motion, land and aviation hyperlinks, people-to-people contacts, and regional connectivity, an announcement by the Ministry of Overseas Affairs stated.

The assertion additional acknowledged that Pakistan, given the prevalent state of affairs, has been urging the worldwide neighborhood to urgently present humanitarian help and financial assist on an instantaneous foundation to alleviate the sufferings of the Afghan individuals.

“For its half, Pakistan is extending humanitarian and financial help to the brotherly individuals of Afghanistan” and stays dedicated to its assist for a “peaceable, secure, sovereign, affluent and related Afghanistan,” it learn.

Pakistan prolonged a particular invitation to the performing Afghan overseas minister to attend the Troika Plus assembly, which was held in Islamabad at the moment.

Qureshi stresses humanitarian assist on pressing foundation

The assembly, held on the Ministry of Overseas Affairs, was attended by Particular Representatives of China, Pakistan, Russia and america, and the visiting delegation of the interim authorities of Afghanistan led by Muttaqi.

Qureshi stated the Troika Plus assembly mirrored the widespread want to see a “peaceable, secure, unified, sovereign and affluent Afghanistan”.

He talked about that at the moment, Afghanistan stands on the brink of an financial collapse and with worldwide funding dried up, it has change into troublesome to pay even salaries, not to mention pursue growth tasks.

He stated the widespread man is reeling below the consequences of a extreme drought, including that any additional downward slide would severely restrict the brand new administration’s capability to run the federal government.

“It’s, subsequently, crucial for the worldwide neighborhood to buttress provision of humanitarian help on an pressing foundation,” he careworn, and added that well being, schooling and municipal providers required pressing consideration.

The overseas minister stated enabling Afghanistan to entry its frozen funds would dovetail into the efforts to regenerate financial actions and transfer the Afghan economic system in direction of stability and sustainability.

Equally, he stated, the UN and its businesses should be urged to search out methods to achieve out to the widespread Afghan and assist stabilise the state of affairs.

Pakistan has nonetheless not formally recognised the caretaker authorities in Afghanistan. It has, nonetheless, been facilitating border motion and sending humanitarian assist through vans in addition to by air recurrently previously few weeks.

This contains important meals objects reminiscent of flour, rice and pulses.

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