Pakistan wants peace in Afghanistan: Sheikh Rashid

Pakistan to never allow for use of its territory against anyone: Sheikh Rashid

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Islamabad: Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed said on Thursday that Pakistan is closely monitoring the situation after the United States withdraws from Afghanistan and is not allowed to use its territory to attack anyone.

In a speech to the participants of the 12th Core Security Symposium, the minister said that Pakistan’s policy is very clear and that the Afghan people should decide their own future. He said that Afghanistan’s stability and sovereign government are in Pakistan’s interest, and it does not want anarchy or civil war there.

He added that the peace between the two countries is interrelated, and Pakistan has given a clear policy that the Afghan people should decide their own destiny.

The Minister of the Interior said that other countries, including China, Turkey, Russia and Iran, are observing the situation in the region, and Pakistan is also paying close attention to the situation.

When answering questions, the minister said that 85% of the fence on the Pakistan-Afghanistan border has been completed. He said that the Ministry of the Interior is responsible for the administrative affairs of the Pakistan-Afghani border and the Chaman and Tolkham borders, which are being equipped with modern lines.

Sheikh Rashid said the report of special committee about Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) has been forwarded to federal cabinet which would further decide on it in its next meeting.

Pakistan has ensured compliance on 26 out of 27 action plans of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), he said and hoped that the country would be on white list soon.

The minister said the economy of Pakistan was on right track and GDP of the country would be further improved in the days to come. 

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