Fawad Chaudhry warns world against repeating mistake of abandoning Afghanistan
ISLAMABAD: Minister for Information and Broadcasting Chaudhary Fawad Hussain warned if the world repeated the same mistake of abandoning Afghanistan, it will create a hub of extremist organizations right at the border of Pakistan, which is hugely worrisome for us.
Talking to Turkish media outlet, TRT World, he recalled that when Soviet Union left Afghanistan, Pakistan had to deal with the problems left behind and now when the US and NATO forces were leaving Afghanistan, Pakistan was again in a quagmire.
The information minister said if Afghanistan did not get stabilized, millions of Afghans would start moving towards Pakistan. He said Pakistan was already hosting 3.5 million Afghan refugees and our economy was not strong enough to take more refugees.
Fawad Hussain said Pakistan was working with regional and international powers for an inclusive government in Afghanistan. He said Pakistan’s efforts for inclusive government must be supported, rather than abandoning Afghanistan.
“Forming government in Afghanistan is the responsibility of the Afghan people but the regional powers have to help Afghanistan to stabilize,” he said.
He said both Pakistan and Turkey were important players in this issue. Both the countries were actually partners in peace as far as Afghanistan was concerned.
Responding to a query, Chaudhary Fawad Hussain said at the moment there was no refugee crisis.
He said Pakistan had evacuated foreign nationals from Kabul. “The Pakistan International Airline (PIA) evacuated more than two thousand people,” he added.
“Our borders are actually normal right now but if the instability continues in Afghanistan, then we have a comprehensive plan to deal with the migrants. We do not want Afghan migrants get into Pakistan but we will make arrangements for them at the border,” he said.