The Prime Minister of Pakistan, Imran Khan, has said that a destabilized Afghanistan will become a safe haven for global terrorists again – urging world leaders to engage in a positive dialogue with the Taliban government.
PM Khan, in a virtual address to the UN General Assembly, said that in this critical time for Afghanistan, immediate humanitarian assistance is a dire need of the hour.
In his wide-ranging address that touched upon climate change, the global pandemic, and the need to achieve sustainable development for everyone, Khan also warned of looming “repercussions” in the wake of Afghanistan’s takeover by the Taliban last month.
“This is the only way to go. We must stabilize and strengthen the current government there,” he said, maintaining that if the world community “incentivizes the current Afghan government” to respect human rights, have an inclusive government, and make terrorists go off their soil, “it will be a win-win scenario for everyone”.
Talking about the coronavirus, he said that Pakistan had successfully contained the pandemic via “a calculated strategy of ‘smart lockdowns’.” However, the Prime Minister pressed for a “comprehensive strategy” for vaccine equity, financing developing countries, and particular investment strategies to alleviate poverty, build sustainable infrastructure, create jobs, and bridge the digital divide.
The Prime Minister said that “Pakistan wants peace with India and all its neighbors,” but durable peace is “contingent upon the Jammu and Kashmir dispute”.
He highlighted that his government had “unveiled a dossier on gross human rights violations by the Indian forces” in the region.
“The responsibility remains on India to create an environment for meaningful and result-oriented dialogue with Pakistan,” he said. “This requires that Delhi reverses its illegal and unilateral measures instituted since 5 August 2019 and put an end to its human rights violations and oppression against the people of Kashmir.”