‘New reality’ established in Afghan with Taliban takeover, foreign troops’ pullout: Pak PM at SCO summit
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday said that a ''new reality'' has been established in Afghanistan after the Taliban takeover of power in Kabul and it is now in the international community's collective interest to ensure that there is no renewed conflict and the security situation is stabilized in the war-torn country.
Addressing the 20th Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Council of Heads of State (SCO-CHS) Summit in Tajikistan's capital, Dushanbe, Khan said it is important to ensure respect for the rights of all Afghans while ensuring that it is never again a safe haven for terrorists.
''That all this happened without bloodshed, without civil war, and without mass exodus of refugees, should be a matter of relief.
''It is now in the international community's collective interest to ensure that there is no renewed conflict in Afghanistan and the security situation is stabilized,'' he said.
"We must remember that the Afghan government primarily depended on foreign aid," he said.
He said that the Taliban rulers should make good on their commitments.
''The Taliban must fulfill the pledges made above all for an inclusive political structure where all ethnic groups are represented. This is vital for Afghanistan's stability,'' he said.
Khan said that Afghanistan could not be ''controlled from the outside''.
The Prime Minister said it would be unwise to spread negativity or indulge in propaganda at this critical juncture and it would undermine the prospects for peace, to the detriment of the Afghan people.
He also commended the SCO for completing 20 years and said Pakistan would continue to play its role as a member of the group.
Afghanistan is an observer in the SCO.
The Taliban seized power in Afghanistan on August 15, two weeks before the US' complete troop withdrawal on August 31 after a costly two-decade war. This forced Afghan President Ashraf Ghani to flee the country to the UAE.
Thousands of Afghan nationals and foreigners have fled the country to escape the new Taliban regime and to seek asylum in different nations, including the US and many European nations, resulting in total chaos and deaths.
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