Islamabad, 25 November 2021 (TDI): Pakistan’s National Security Advisor (NSA) Dr. Moeed Yusuf stressed the International Community to extend help and attention in Afghanistan. He was speaking in an interview with CNN’s Becky Anderson.
Dr. Moeed said that Pakistan has been lately ringing alarm bells related to the quickly developing humanitarian situation in Afghanistan. Dr. Moeed Yusuf quoted about the World Food Program’s recent report where around 20 million Afghans are at the risk of being short of food.
Nearly 70% of Afghans are already proportioning their food and 60% are borrowing food to survive. An acute 30% shortage of medicines has also been reported. Dr. Moeed highlighted further reports which say that mothers are being forced to sell off their children to survive.
Dr. Moeed questioned the global community over the lack of an emergency response to the undergoing situation in Afghanistan. He reiterated that the looming issue in Afghanistan must be viewed beyond the spectacle of the Taliban and politics as a basic humanitarian crisis.
Also, he further questioned world leaders’ reluctance in allowing International Humanitarian Agencies to operate in Afghanistan for extending aid operations, providing medical facilities, and getting in monetary assistance. National Security Advisor further stated that humanitarian assistance must be extended to 35-40 million Afghans who are currently suffering.
My interview with @CNN, highlighting Pakistan’s efforts to assist Afghans and spotlighting the global community’s responsibility towards averting the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan. pic.twitter.com/6JMwI2O7ft
— Moeed W. Yusuf (@YusufMoeed) November 24, 2021
Shedding light on the contributions of Pakistan itself he said that despite Pakistan not being a rich country, Pakistan has already donated 30 million USD worth of aid to Afghanistan and multiple other private donations are also additionally extending help to Afghanistan.
Pakistan in recent days has scaled up its activities related to extending humanitarian aid to Afghanistan is concerned. The Prime Minister on Monday earlier this week approved the Humanitarian Assistance Package for Afghanistan which sanctioned in-kind humanitarian assistance worth Rs.5 billion which included 50,000 tons of wheat among other commodities. Pakistan has also provided passage to 50,000 tons of wheat being transported from India to Afghanistan.
Prime Minister @ImranKhanPTI approves Humanitarian Assistance Package for Afghanistan.
The Prime Minister visited the newly established Afghanistan Inter-Ministerial Coordination Cell (AICC) today where he chaired the first Apex Committee meeting of AICC. pic.twitter.com/OunjqOp86F
— Prime Minister’s Office, Pakistan (@PakPMO) November 22, 2021
Earlier today Army Chief Qamar Jawed Bajwa in conversation with the Commander Qatar Emiri Naval Force Major General Abdullah Bin Hassan Al Sulaiti, stressed that the global community must come together for economically uplifting Afghans and maintaining regional peace and stability.