ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan has said if Taliban served the whole of Afghanistan and worked for the inclusive government getting all the factions together, the country could have peace after 40 years.
“As Afghanistan is at a historic crossroads, there is a need for the international community to incentivize its people to achieve peace and stability,” said PM Imran Khan in an interview with CNN.
He said history was evident that people of Afghanistan had never supported any puppet government hence the country cannot be controlled from outside.
The PM said if it went wrong, there could be chaos, the biggest humanitarian crisis, the huge refugee problem and the possibility of terrorism from an unstable Afghanistan would re-emerge.
He said no one could predict the future of Afghanistan, however, Taliban had clearly indicated that they wanted international acceptability as they said they wanted women rights and human rights as well as inclusive government.
Prime Minister Imran said in the past, Pakistan lost argument with the US as it had weak corrupt leaders.
Imran Khan said, “At present, we want a normal relationship with the United States, not one-dimensional relationship where they are paying us to fight.”
He said the biggest issue was hosting refugees as Pakistan already hosted three million and the second worry was terrorism as there were three sets of terrorists in Afghanistan using their soil to attack us; ISIS, Pakistani Taliban and Baloch terrorists.
He said if there was chaos in Afghanistan and if there was no stability, there would be these two major problems looming before us and Pakistan was the country that was going to suffer the most.
In the new Afghan Taliban government, the Minister of Higher Education had on September 12 said that female students can continue their education in universities, including the postgraduate level, but they would have to sit in special classrooms and wear modest dress.
Abdul Baqi Haqqani, the Minister of Higher Education in the Taliban cabinet, had announced the new education policy at a news conference on September 12. “Taliban do not want to take the time to 20 years back. We will start building the things of the present time,” he had said.
The education minister had said female students would face other restrictions, including a mandatory dress code under the Taliban’s new policies, which would require hijab for female students.