New York, 21 September 2021 (TDI): Foreign Minister of Pakistan, Shah Mahmood Qureshi, met a group of United Nations Press Representatives at the Pakistan House, New York. He is leading a delegation to attend the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly. During the meeting, the Foreign Minister stressed on the socio-economic development of Afghanistan and discussed matter of resolution regarding Kashmir issue.
Speaking on the occasion, the Foreign Minister said that world must accept the ‘new reality’ in Afghanistan. He urged that the international community must not leave Afghanistan at this critical juncture. It should work collectively to avert a humanitarian crisis in Kabul.
The Foreign Minister enunciated that the major powers should reconsider their policy on Afghanistan.
He underscored the need for unfreezing the economic assets of Afghanistan. He said that “Afghan money should be spent on Afghan people.” He further added that instability in Afghanistan will undermine international peace and security. It will create room for terrorist organizations, such as ISIS and Al-Qaeda to breed.
Replying to a question regarding recognition of Afghan government, Shah Mahmood stated that this is not the ‘immediate priority’. The immediate concern is the humanitarian assistance of the Afghan people.
Sharing his remarks on the question of refugees, the Foreign Minister said that Pakistan already hosts more than three million Afghan refugees. It cannot accommodate more people.
He further added that Pakistan only desires peace and stability in the region, particularly Afghanistan. He stood with the idea of an inclusive Afghan government in which the rights of every individual are secured; irrespective of religion, caste, or gender.