International community must not abandon Afghanistan: FM Qureshi

FM Qureshi urges Afghan govt to refrain from blame-game


Islamabad: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmoud Qureshi on Monday urged the Afghan government to avoid finger-pointing and engage in meaningful and constructive dialogue.

At a press conference in Islamabad on Monday, he categorically rejected the UN allegations against Pakistan and said that Pakistan should not be held responsible for the failure of other countries.

The foreign minister also made it very clear that Pakistan has no darling in Afghanistan, adding that the future of Afghanistan depends on the Afghans.

Qureshi went on to say that peace and stability in Afghanistan are everyone’s responsibility, and that the instability in Afghanistan will be a huge loss for Pakistan.

He said: “A national consensus has been reached on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, and efforts are being made to target this important national project, but the work on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor project will continue despite the difficulties.”

FM further stated that it is possible to hold talks with Afghanistan through diplomatic mechanisms. If Kabul is a neighboring country, it should be raised through existing mechanisms. He added: “Pakistan believes that we should advance for lasting peace, not blame each other.”

He said that Pakistan has facilitated the peace process in Afghanistan with the utmost sincerity. He said that Pakistan is a promoter of peace in Afghanistan, not a guarantor. He urged the international community and regional countries to play their due role in promoting peace and stability in Afghanistan.

Qureshi said that Prime Minister Imran Khan has always stated that there is no military solution to the situation in Afghanistan. He said that negotiating an inclusive and broad-based political solution is the only way to establish peace in Afghanistan.

He said that Pakistan has played a role in the peace and reconciliation process in Afghanistan, and it is now up to the Afghan leader to further promote the process of internal dialogue in Afghanistan, adding that the Afghan leader will be responsible for the success or failure of the dialogue. Process.

“Pakistan will continue to play a role in the Afghan peace process because there should be no ambiguity,” he said.

Regarding one question, the Foreign Minister insisted that despite the coronavirus pandemic, they have provided convenience to Afghan civilians.

“Despite limited resources, Pakistan has been generous and hospitable to host 3 million Afghan refugees in the past four years,” he said, adding that if there are any new Afghan refugees influx, Pakistan will not be able to host them.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs stated that in this case, the international community and Afghanistan’s other close neighbors will share responsibilities. Pakistan has always urged the international community to play its due role in the reconstruction of Afghanistan and regional peace and stability.

He said that Pakistan is a promoter of peace in Afghanistan, not a guarantor.

“India has violated its obligations as the chairman of the UN Security Council by not allowing Pakistan to request the forum to be informed of the situation and its role in the peace process in Afghanistan,” Qureshi said.

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