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Pak PM seeks support for Taliban administration, urges world community to release Afghanistan's frozen assets

According to Dawn, Khan made this appeal to the international community during his meeting with the outgoing Japanese ambassador, Kuninori Matsuda at the Prime Minister's house.

Pak PM seeks support for Taliban administration, urges world community to release Afghanistan's frozen assets-dnm
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Islamabad, First Published Oct 19, 2021, 3:43 PM IST
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Islamabad: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has urged the world community to release the frozen assets of Afghanistan and engage with the Taliban administration and provide humanitarian assistance to prevent an "economic collapse" of the country.

According to Dawn, Khan made this appeal to the international community during his meeting with the outgoing Japanese ambassador, Kuninori Matsuda at the Prime Minister's house.

Imran Khan also stressed on Pakistan's interest in a "peaceful" and "stable" Afghanistan, reported Dawn. He reportedly highlighted the importance of "national reconciliation" and an "inclusive" political structure.

It is to be noted that the Taliban has not been recognised by any country so far.

However, thousands of Afghans have received humanitarian assistance within a week from September 27 to October 3 across Afghanistan, a United Nations agency said earlier this month.

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Taliban had taken over Afghanistan after toppling the democratic government on August 15 this year. Pakistan has been accused of overtly and covertly supporting the Taliban.

Earlier, while speaking at the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Khan had made a strong pitch for the world to rally behind Afghanistan’s nascent Taliban government for preserving the progress made by the war-ravaged country over the past two decades and preventing it from turning into a safe haven for terrorists.

Khan had said, “There is only one way to go. We must strengthen and stabilise the current government, for the sake of the people of Afghanistan,” reported Dawn.

Meanwhile, the United Nations announced that a nationwide house-to-house polio vaccination campaign would begin next month in the Taliban-led government in Afghanistan.

Slated to start November 8, the house-to-house campaign will be the country’s first in over three years to reach all children in Afghanistan, according to a news release from UNICEF, the UN children’s agency.

The agency also hailed the new Taliban government for agreeing to lift a ban on such drives.

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