PM Imran Khan reiterates commitment to support Afghanistan

Dec 15, 2021: According to an official press release, Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday reiterated that Pakistan would provide “all out support” to Afghanistan to avert a humanitarian crisis, in the hope that the world would not disengage from the war-torn country.

The Prime Minister made these remarks while presiding over the second meeting of the newly formed Apex Committee on Afghanistan.

The meeting was attended by Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Information Minister Chaudhry Fawad Hussain, Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed, Planning Minister Asad Umer, Adviser on Finance Shaukat Fayaz Tarin, Adviser Commerce Abdul Razaq Dawood, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa, National Security Adviser Dr Moeed Yusuf and senior civil and military officers.

During the meeting, the Prime Minister hoped that the world would not repeat the mistake of disengaging with Afghanistan, urging the international community to help the weak people of Afghanistan.

According to the statement, Prime Minister Imran said that Pakistan would do everything possible to help the Afghan people to end the humanitarian crisis, noting that Pakistan had already pledged immediate relief of Rs 5 billion in humanitarian aid. Which includes 50,000 metric tons of foodstuffs. Wheat, emergency medical supplies, winter shelters and other supplies.

It said that the committee was briefed that as per the directive of the Prime Minister, free Covid 19 vaccination facility was being continued for all Afghans entering Pakistan through land borders. It was further stated that the process of obtaining Pakistani visa has been made easier for Afghans.

The Prime Minister also directed that humanitarian organizations wishing to work with Pakistan should be facilitated to support efforts in Afghanistan as the country has already pledged to become an air and ground bridge for humanitarian aid to Afghanistan.

The committee members reiterated their concern over the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Afghanistan and stressed that Pakistan would not forget Afghans in times of need.

On Sunday, Pakistan is hosting an extraordinary meeting of OIC foreign ministers in Islamabad to highlight the plight of the vulnerable Afghan people in these trying times and to discuss ways to help them.

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