FM Qureshi needs world to assist Afghanistan, unfreeze property

Overseas Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi interacts with media representatives in New York. 
  • FM Shah Mehmood Qureshi says worldwide neighborhood ought to unfreeze property of Taliban-led Afghanistan authorities. 
  • Highlights some optimistic points of current change in Afghan authorities. 
  • Says Pakistan can now not bear burden of extra refugees because it has been internet hosting over three million Afghan refugees already.

NEW YORK: Overseas Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi known as upon the worldwide neighborhood to assist Afghans at a important juncture by way of totally different steps, together with unfreezing their property, as in line with him, there may be nonetheless hope for peace in Afghanistan.

“Afghans have confronted battle within the final 4 a long time so the worldwide neighborhood mustn’t go away 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 needs 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 a long time with restricted sources and with out monetary assist from the worldwide neighborhood.

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

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

Shah Mehmood Qureshi said he saw positives from the Taliban, including a declaration of amnesty and a willingness to include ethnic groups.
Shah Mehmood Qureshi mentioned he noticed “positives” from the Taliban, together with a declaration of amnesty and a willingness to incorporate ethnic teams.

To handle 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 very best 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 regulate that as they should be extra delicate and extra receptive to worldwide opinion.” 

“For my part, unfreezing the frozen property of Afghanistan for [the] Afghans might function a significant step for confidence-building that might additionally incentivise optimistic 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’t use. I feel freezing the property will not be serving to the state of affairs. I’d strongly urge the powers that be that they need to revisit that coverage and consider an unfreeze.”

America froze $9.5 billion in Afghan central financial institution property and worldwide lenders have stayed away from Afghanistan, cautious of offering cash that could possibly be utilized by the Taliban.

Qureshi mentioned a number of optimistic points additionally emerged through the present transition in Afghanistan. The absence of bloodshed and civil battle throughout this current change is a optimistic side, he mentioned, including that the statements made by the Taliban relating to the tip of the battle, 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.

Nevertheless as an alternative of accepting the provide, 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 at the moment, India has an possibility. If it needs peace within the area, it ought to cease the continuing atrocities on Kashmiris and reverse all unconstitutional measures of August 5,” he mentioned. He mentioned voices are being heard at the moment 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.

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