Foreign Office Spokesperson Asim Iftikhar Ahmad mentioned Saturday Pakistan can’t be held chargeable for the failure of the ousted Ashraf Ghani-led authorities in Afghanistan.
“Pakistan cannot be held responsible for the failure of the Ghani government, and its causes that were internal to Afghanistan,” the spokesperson mentioned.
The spokesperson mentioned the Ghani-led authorities had sadly squandered the chance provided by the Doha Peace Deal.
The response by the spokesperson got here after the European Parliament, in a decision on the scenario in Afghanistan, alleged that Pakistan is “assisting the Taliban” in preventing the National Resistance Front of Afghanistan (NRF) within the Panjshir Valley “by supplying its special forces and providing air support”.
Taking notice of the decision, the spokesperson mentioned Pakistan was disillusioned on the unwarranted and detrimental references to it, as this was not in keeping with the cooperative relations between Pakistan and the EU.
“Pakistan has played and continues to play a constructive role in facilitating peace and stability in Afghanistan,” the spokesperson mentioned, highlighting that Islamabad performed a vital function within the Doha peace course of and subsequent intra-Afghan negotiations — which has been broadly acknowledged by the worldwide group.
Ahmad mentioned after Afghanistan, Pakistan has been the largest sufferer of a long time of the battle and over time, Islamabad has contributed immensely to the success of the worldwide group’s combat towards terrorism.
“Of all the countries of the world, Pakistan has suffered the most — with over 80,000 casualties and more than 150 billion US dollars in economic losses,” Ahmad mentioned.
The spokesperson mentioned Pakistan continues to host over 4 million Afghan refugees, the world’s largest protracted refugee inhabitants. “A peaceful and stable Afghanistan is therefore in the best interest of Pakistan.”
Pakistan has provided unparalleled help and facilitated the worldwide group, together with the EU and its member states in evacuating their diplomats, native workers of the EU Missions in Afghanistan, workers of worldwide organisations, and others from Afghanistan, he added.
“This has also been acknowledged by the visiting Foreign Ministers of Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, the UK, and also other European foreign ministers during their telephonic conversations with the Foreign Minister of Pakistan,” he mentioned.
Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, chatting with Geo News earlier this week, had mentioned that Pakistan had succeeded in evacuating greater than 13,000 individuals from the war-torn nation.
Meanwhile, the spokesperson mentioned Pakistan continues to increase invaluable help and help to the worldwide group on this regard.
“We are providing humanitarian assistance for the Afghan people and also facilitating international humanitarian assistance for Afghanistan,” the spokesperson mentioned.
Pakistan additionally stays proactively engaged with a variety of companions together with from the EU for constructive change of views on the evolving scenario in Afghanistan and one of the best ways ahead, he famous.
“GSP Plus is a mutually beneficial undertaking. Pakistan remains fully committed to the effective implementation of the 27 international conventions, implementation of which is the basis for according GSP Plus status. We are closely engaged with the European Commission in this regard,” he mentioned.