‘Wait and see basically means a collapse’: Moeed Yusuf urges US to interact with Afghanistan

Moeed Yusuf, Pakistan’s Nationwide Safety Adviser, speaks throughout a information convention in Islamabad, Pakistan September 15, 2021. — Reuters
  • US ought to take heed to Pakistan’s message on Afghanistan, NSA Yusuf.
  • NSA says Pakistan repeatedly advocated for political settlement.
  • “Reassessment has to conclude that what Pakistan was saying made sense.”

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan urged the world to interact with Taliban-led Afghanistan and mentioned the US ought to take heed to its message because it reassess its relationship with the South Asian nation, Nationwide Safety Adviser Moeed Yusuf mentioned on Wednesday.

Yusuf informed reporters within the nation’s capital that Pakistan had repeatedly advocated for a political settlement to the battle in Afghanistan and mentioned a navy resolution was not doable.

He added that Washington, which signalled this week it was reviewing its relationship with Pakistan, ought to take word and take heed to Islamabad’s recommendation on now ramping up engagement with the brand new Taliban-led authorities.

“If there must be a reassessment, the reassessment has to conclude that what Pakistan was saying made sense. So now what Pakistan is saying we must always give a good listening to to,” he mentioned.

The US will likely be taking a look at its relationship with Pakistan within the coming weeks, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken mentioned on Monday, to formulate what position Washington would need it play in the way forward for Afghanistan.

Yusuf warned towards isolating Afghanistan as Western powers — whereas pledging instant humanitarian help — are largely holding off on any additional monetary help or formal recognition of the Taliban authorities whereas the US has frozen roughly $10 billion of Afghanistan central financial institution belongings. Many international locations have mentioned they’re ready to see whether or not the Taliban uphold human rights and stem militancy.

“It might be fashionable to speak about ‘wait and see’, however wait and see basically means a collapse,” Yusuf mentioned.

“Humanitarian help is…a stop-gap association to make sure there isn’t a instantly humanitarian disaster, that doesn’t equate to governance, institutional and financial assist which is required by any nation to outlive within the situations that you simply discover (in) Afghanistan.” 

‘Have interaction with Taliban, incentivise them on girls’s rights’

Prime Minister Imran Khan has additionally mentioned that with the intention to obtain peace and stability in Afghanistan, the world ought to “interact with the Taliban” and they need to even be “incentivised” on points similar to inclusive authorities and girls’s rights.

The premier was interviewed by CNN on Wednesday at his Bani Gala residence in Islamabad, throughout which he spoke concerning the state of affairs in Afghanistan, the position of Pakistan in fostering regional peace, and the nation’s relationship with the US.

Per the outlet, PM Khan mentioned that Pakistan needed to endure a “horrible” relationship with the US which turned out to be disastrous for Pakistan.

He added that the nation, underneath his management, is now in search of a “extra pragmatic method in coping with Afghanistan’s new leaders.”

The premier informed the outlet that Afghanistan is on a “historic crossroad” and it might lastly obtain peace after 40 years if the incumbent Taliban authorities might type an inclusive authorities by getting all of the factions on board.

Pakistan guidelines out refugee camps to cater to Afghan inflow

International Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has rejected the notion of Pakistan constructing refugee camps or resettlement processing services for the folks coming from Afghanistan.

As a substitute, he mentioned, Pakistan would proceed to facilitate the departure of these with legitimate paperwork who wished to exit Afghanistan by way of Pakistan — drawing the road at permitting an inflow of refugees.

In an interview with The Impartial, Qureshi mentioned there had been “no rush” on Pakistan’s borders, and confused that there was no want for folks to flee Afghanistan because the nation was “peaceable and steady”.

“We’ve got our limitations. [Pakistan has] been internet hosting over three million, virtually near 4 million refugees for therefore many many years with none worldwide assist or help. We do not need the capability to soak up extra, truthfully,” he mentioned.

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