Pakistan on Afghanistan: Amidst allegations of helping the Taliban by providing them weapons and terrorists, Pakistan has said that safe areas should be created for the people of Afghanistan to live in their country. Pakistan has said this to the world community.
Pakistan’s NSA Dr Moeed Yusuf (Pakistan NSA Moeed Yusuf)
Pakistan NSA Moeed Yusuf on Afghanistan Issue: Pakistan’s National Security Adviser (NSA) Moeed Yusuf has told the international community that war-torn Afghanistan itself should create safer areas to house displaced people and not push them into Pakistan, which can accept more refugees. is not in position. Addressing a press conference at the Pakistani embassy in Washington on Saturday, Pakistan’s NSA Yusuf said that his country is focused on ensuring that tensions in Afghanistan do not lead to further bloodshed.
“But if such a situation arises, it is the responsibility of the international community to create safe areas within Afghanistan,” Dawn newspaper quoted him as saying. Pakistan’s NSA said, ‘Why should they be forced to wander from door to door? Arrangements should be made for their stay within their country (Pakistan on Afghanistan Issue). Pakistan does not have the capacity to take in more refugees. Yusuf described the US government’s policy as “practical and regretless but not arrogant”. Along with this, he called upon the people not to look at the larger picture and the headlines that embrace all.
ISI Director General also came along
It is noteworthy that Pakistan’s NSA along with the Director General of Inter Services Intelligence (ISI), Faiz Hameed, came to Washington on July 27 to discuss with his American counterpart on Afghanistan and bilateral relations. The ISI chief left home on Friday after holding talks with US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan at the White House (Taliban and Pakistan Relationship). Other security officials of both the countries also participated in this meeting. Yusuf also disagreed with claims that Pakistan has influence over the Afghan Taliban, through which they can get things done which they do not want to do.
acknowledged the influence of the Taliban
He said, ‘We have a minor influence on them and our influence would have been so much that if they had said, we would have stopped the Buddha statue of Bamiyan from being demolished in the year 1990s. We would have at least persuaded the Tehreek-e-Taliban to oust Pakistan. Yusuf said that in the first meeting between the NSAs of the two countries, it was agreed to maintain bilateral contact. “Obviously the issue of Afghanistan is the most important and urgent one, but this conversation was about moving forward on other issues,” he said. This week’s meeting was part of the review process.
‘Don’t expect revolutionary changes in relationships’
Pakistan’s NSA told the media that it should not expect a revolution in Washington-Islamabad ties in one night as the meetings were meant to remind countries that the focus is on facts and there is agreement on how to proceed (Pakistan NSA US Visit). He said that when the issue of Afghanistan comes, Pakistan does not have the facility to engage in ‘if-but’ as any incident in Kabul will have a direct impact on Islamabad.
Speak on help in political settlement
When asked whether Pakistan and the US would continue to work as partners, he said willingness was expressed from both sides and “how it would be discussed”. He said that the US understands that Pakistan can help in bringing about a political settlement in Afghanistan and now they are discussing its way. He said, ‘The biggest thing is political understanding, the rest will automatically adapt to it.’ Yusuf also dismissed allegations that Pakistan was accepting travel documents issued by the Taliban as valid.
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