Pakistan rules out refugee camps to cater Afghan inflow


ISLAMABAD:

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has rejected the notion of constructing refugee camps or resettlement processing services on Pakistani soil for the individuals coming from Afghanistan.

Instead, he mentioned, Pakistan would proceed to facilitate the departure of these with legitimate paperwork who wished to exit Afghanistan through Pakistan – drawing the road at permitting an inflow of refugees.

In an interview with The Independent, Qureshi mentioned Pakistani authorities would think about “on merit” formal requests from the UK for British illustration of their embassy in Kabul to assist with purposes – an thought senior Tory MP Tobias Ellwood advised the UK-based paper that the federal government ought to pursue with its allies, comparable to Qatar and Turkey.

FM Qureshi mentioned that there had been “no rush” on Pakistan’s borders, and careworn that there is no such thing as a want for individuals to flee Afghanistan because the nation is “peaceful and stable”.

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“We have our limitations. [Pakistan has] been hosting over 3 million, almost close to four million refugees for so many decades without any international help or assistance. We do not have the capacity to absorb more, honestly,” he mentioned.

“Our preference is that [Afghans] stay within Afghanistan and they are provided security and safety within Afghanistan,” he mentioned.

He added that any processing facility the place Afghan residents can apply for asylum ought to be in Afghanistan. “It has to be over there – that is where they belong, that is their country,” he added.

The international minister mentioned the UK ought to “accept the new reality” in Afghanistan and ship speedy help to the Taliban-run nation, warning that isolating the Taliban authorities would result in financial collapse, “anarchy”, and “chaos”.

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He mentioned the UK and its western allies weren’t doing sufficient to have interaction with the Taliban administration or to avert a burgeoning humanitarian disaster, and urged the west to supply provides with “no political conditions attached”.

He warned that Pakistan wouldn’t be prepared to soak up any extra Afghan refugees as it’s already internet hosting a number of million from many years of previous conflicts.

“My message [to the UK] is that there is a new reality in Afghanistan. Accept the new reality and let us work to achieve our objectives,” Qureshi mentioned.

“Isolation is not going to assist. It will result in a humanitarian disaster, it is going to result in an financial collapse, and it’ll create house for parts who haven’t been useful for you, me or anybody.

“Anarchy, chaos will facilitate their presence there. Don’t do that. Engagement, we feel, is a better option. If [the Taliban] are saying positive things, nudge them in that direction. Do not push them into a corner.”

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One of the primary steps, he mentioned, was delivering speedy help. “There should be no strings attached, there should be no political conditions attached to humanitarian assistance,” the highest diplomat added.

Qureshi mentioned Pakistan had acquired verbal assurances from the Afghan Taliban that they might not enable any group to stage terror assaults on Pakistan from Afghanistan, however he added that Islamabad was ready to see “if they act on what they’ve said”.

Qureshi maintained that the behaviour of the brand new Taliban management was “quite distinct and different” from that seen within the 1990s, saying that, for instance, protests in Kabul had “by and large been tolerated”.

“These are initial signs which are not discouraging. Let’s see if this is the direction that they follow,” he concluded.

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