ISLAMABAD: The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has appreciated Pakistan’s role in safe evacuation of foreign media correspondents from Afghanistan.
The Committee’s Asia Programme Coordinator, Steven Butler telephoned Minister for Information and Broadcasting Chaudhry Fawad Hussain on Monday, to thank Pakistan for its cooperation in safe evacuation of foreign journalists from Afghanistan.
The information minister said Pakistan supported freedom of expression all over the world and protection of all people affiliated with media. He said Pakistan had set up a special cell for facilitation in evacuation of media persons from Afghanistan.
With seizure of Kabul, Taliban have captured almost the entire Afghanistan within a couple of weeks of their military advancement as the Afghan forces trained by the NATO alliance proved to be paper tiger before them.
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani relinquished the power “for fear of bloodshed” and fled from the country following which Taliban announced that “the war is over”. The type of rule and form of new regime in Afghanistan will be clear soon, said Spokesman for Taliban Suhail Shaheen in a statement.
Two of Afghanistan’s most notorious warlords, former governor of Balkh province Atta Mohammad Noor and the ethnic Uzbek leader Abdul Rashid Dostum, have also fled. They had been embroiled in wars against Taliban since the days of the Soviet invasion.
Mulla Abdul Ghani Baradar congratulated the whole Afghan nation on this historic event. He said that he did not expect the success to be so swift and easy. “This all became possible with the help of Allah (SWT) only,” he said.
Without shedding blood they have seized the areas of Ismailis, Shias, Tajik and Uzbeks as the minorities are also supporting Taliban now.