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Taliban should be given time to form govt, run Afghanistan effectively: Pakistan Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed

He made these remarks during a meeting with UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi in Islamabad on Thursday, Dawn newspaper reported.
 

Taliban should be given time to form govt, run Afghanistan effectively: Pakistan Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed-dnm
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Islamabad, First Published Sep 17, 2021, 3:38 PM IST
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In yet another instance of Pakistan batting for Taliban regime in Afghanistan, Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed said that Taliban should be given time to form a government and run their country’s affairs effectively.

He made these remarks during a meeting with UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi in Islamabad on Thursday, Dawn newspaper reported.

The report further said matters relating to evacuation from Afghanistan and humanitarian assistance for Afghan citizens were discussed during the meeting.

“The world needs to understand the ground realities about Afghanistan,” said Rashid. He added that the Taliban must ensure the availability of financial and human resources for governance, Dawn newspaper reported.

The interim government of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan was formed by the Taliban last week, appointing hardliners and no women.

He stressed the need for provision of financial and human resources for governance in Taliban-ruled Afghanistan.

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The minister, while commenting on the situation in Afghanistan, expressed the fear of famine, instability and lawlessness in the country. He said trucks and planes loaded with food items and medicines had been sent to Afghanistan under humanitarian assistance, Dawn newspaper reported.

Many experts believe that Islamabad is behind the Taliban's takeover of Afghanistan and that Islamabad has been assisting the outfit on all possible fronts.

Rashid also said that Pakistan is working round the clock in facilitating the evacuation of Afghan citizens and foreigners present in Afghanistan. “In the context of the current situation, there are no Afghan refugees and no refugee camps in Pakistan,” said Rashid.

Earlier this week, Grandi appealed for "urgent and sustained" support for Afghans inside the country and for refugees who have fled abroad.

"The humanitarian situation in Afghanistan remains desperate," said Grandi after concluding his three-day visit to Afghanistan on Wednesday.

"And if public services and the economy collapse, we will see even greater suffering, instability, and displacement both within and outside the country," Grandi warned.

He further said that the international community must therefore engage with Afghanistan to prevent a bigger humanitarian crisis that will have global implications.

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