Prime Minister Imran Khan on Saturday called on the European Union and the international community to support Pakistan in reviving Afghan refugees. The Prime Minister’s comments came during a conference with the European Union’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Vice President of the European Commission Josep Borell, next to the Tashkent summit in Uzbekistan.
Prime Minister Imran cited Pakistan’s significant contributions to Afghanistan’s peace process and the intra-Afghan negotiations.. According to him, the conflict can only be resolved through Afghanistan’s political process and efforts to reach a comprehensive political agreement. He also emphasized the importance of ongoing international engagement following the withdrawal of foreign troops from Afghanistan to facilitate lasting peace in a war-torn country.
Afghanistan and the potential negative impact on Pakistan’s security.
Prime Minister Imran has also expressed concern about the Afghan refugees and deteriorating situation in Afghanistan and the potential negative impact on Pakistan’s security. PM Imran puts Pakistan’s relations with Uzbekistan as a happy start. Prime Minister Imran Khan cited Pakistan-Uzbekistan relations as a joint venture, bringing the two countries closer. Speaking to the Uzbek media in Bukhara, Prime Minister Imran said this was an exciting start and would lead to stronger human relations, trade, and political relations. “The forthcoming railway work between Pakistan, Uzbekistan, and Afghanistan will unite the area’s people and promote development,” he said.
The Prime Minister and his commission also visited the funeral of Hazrat Bahauddin Naqshband and prayed.
Pakistan can serve as a bridge connecting Central Asia and the Arabian Sea: FM Qureshi
On Saturday, foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said Pakistan has a vital interest in a peaceful, stable, united, and prosperous Afghanistan. It will enable both countries to connect Central Asia and the Arabian Sea, and beyond. The foreign minister’s remarks came during a speech at the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) forum, the third phase of the United Nations Charter, on its 75th day using video-link. “There are many projects ready for peace shovels in Afghanistan, such as the TAPI gas pipeline, the CASA-1000 power grid from Tajikistan, and the railway linking Uzbekistan, Afghanistan, and Pakistan,” said FM Qureshi.
He also said that Pakistan would continue to support reconciliation in Afghanistan. The prime minister called on Afghanistan to view Pakistan as “a partner of peace” rather than blaming it for the ongoing conflict, saying “the result of using a military solution in the United States instead of politics.”
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