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Pakistan calls for immediate international aid to Afghanistan to avert humanitarian crisis

By PTI

ISLAMABAD: A high-level meeting of the country’s civil and military leadership on Friday warned the international community of urgently providing assistance to avert a humanitarian crisis in the war-torn region, warning that any instability in Afghanistan would have serious implications for Pakistan. The need was emphasized. neighboring country.

During the meeting of the National Security Committee (NSC) chaired by Prime Minister Imran Khan, he was briefed on the evolving regional security situation, especially the recent developments in Afghanistan and their possible impact on Pakistan, Dawn news reported. . A press statement issued by the Prime Minister’s Office.

The NSC is the highest forum in Pakistan for coordination on security issues.

“The participants noted with concern the serious humanitarian situation in Afghanistan and stressed the urgent need to provide assistance to the international community to avert a humanitarian crisis,” the statement said.

The importance of international coordination on “constructive political and economic engagement” with the Interim Government in Afghanistan was also highlighted during the meeting.

The Taliban dominated the whole of Afghanistan in August, capturing almost all major towns and cities in the backdrop of a US military withdrawal that began on May 1.

The capital Kabul fell to the rebels on 15 August.

The Taliban claimed victory over opposition forces in the last holdout province of Panjshir on 6 September, completing their occupation of Afghanistan three weeks after the capture of Kabul.

The Taliban have formed a strict interim 33-member cabinet that has no women and includes UN-designated terrorists.

The Taliban last ruled Afghanistan from 1996 to 2001.

NSC members stressed that the evolving situation in the region was “extremely complex”, and that any instability in Afghanistan could have serious implications for Pakistan.

“Agreeing to this view, the Prime Minister stressed the need for a coordinated policy effort,” the PMO said.

Khan issued directions for the establishment of a dedicated cell to coordinate the various streams of efforts on Afghanistan across the government, including international coordination for humanitarian assistance and effective border management, to prevent “any negative spillover” into Pakistan.

The meeting was attended by Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Navy Chief Admiral Muhammad Amjad Khan Niazi and Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Zaheer Ahmed Babar Sidhu, Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid told reporters at a press conference. meeting.

Outgoing Director General of Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) Lt Gen Faiz Hameed was also present in the meeting.

According to Interior Minister Rashid, border management was part of the discussion apart from all issues related to the current situation in Pakistan.

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