Prime Minister Imran Khan on Saturday once more stressed on the need for the international community to engage with Afghans, saying that such a move will not only reinforce security, but prevent a mass exodus of people from Afghanistan, thus stemming a refugee crisis.
His remarks came during a telephone call with Secretary General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres.
According to a statement by the Prime Minister Office, the premier highlighted the importance of peace, stability and an inclusive political settlement in Afghanistan.
He stressed that the opportunity to finally put an end to 40 years of conflict in Afghanistan “must be seized by enabling the Afghans to achieve lasting peace, security and prosperity”.
“The prime minister underscored the need for the international community to become more engaged with Afghanistan, according urgent priority to addressing the humanitarian needs and ensuring economic stability,” read the statement.
He noted that such steps would not only reinforce security but also preclude any mass exodus of Afghans from their country, thus preventing a refugee crisis in Afghanistan.
According to the statement, PM Imran Khan appreciated the vital role of the United Nations in delivering much needed humanitarian assistance to the Afghan people. He also highlighted Pakistan’s efforts to facilitate the UN by assisting in evacuation and relocation efforts.
Assuring Secretary General Guterres of Pakistan’s continued cooperation with the UN in the fulfilment of its mandate, the prime minister “reaffirmed Pakistan’s full support for the smooth operation of United Nations’ humanitarian mission for Afghanistan”, the statement said.
A day earlier, in a meeting with UK Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Affairs Dominic Raab on Friday, PM Imran Khan stressed on the need for the international community to stand in solidarity with the Afghans.
He also warned about the role of “spoilers”, both inside and outside Afghanistan, which could destabilise the situation.