Islamabad: Pakistan welcomed the UN Security Council resolution on the provision of humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan on Thursday. This is “a step in the right direction to help the Afghan people in desperate need.”
“As called for by the OIC, pathways should now be found towards revitalizing of the Afghan economy and unfreezing of the assets that rightfully belong to the Afghan people,” Foreign Office spokesperson Asif Iftikhar said in a statement.
“Pakistan welcomes the adoption, by consensus, of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 2615, that has reaffirmed that provision of humanitarian and other assistance to people of Afghanistan is not a violation of the Security Council Sanctions regime,” he added.
The spokesperson said that the resolution was proposed at a critical moment, reflecting the international community’s sense of urgency to help the Afghan people who have suffered tremendously due to decades of conflict.
He said that this sentiment was also reflected in the unanimous resolution of the 17th special meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Organization of the Islamic Conference hosted by Pakistan last week.
The Foreign Office spokesperson said that the OIC-CFM, chaired by Pakistan, unequivocally called for swift roll out of all possible humanitarian, recovery, reconstruction, development, technical and material assistance to Afghanistan.
He recalled that Prime Minister Imran Khan, in his key note address to the OIC-CFM, had stated that sanctions should not prevent the international community from providing humanitarian and other essential assistance to the people of Afghanistan.
“Pakistan hopes that the international community, especially the donor countries, UN Agencies, humanitarian organizations, international financial institutions and other emergency relief providers, will act swiftly and with determination, to provide all possible assistance to the people of Afghanistan,” the spokesperson maintained.