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Sunday February 25, 2024

Regional countries want peace, stability in Afghanistan: PM

Until countries of the region and world recognise current government of Afghanistan

By APP
February 10, 2024
Caretaker Prime Minister Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar talks to anchors and journalists in a meeting held at the PM House in Islamabad on August 31, 2023. — PID
Caretaker Prime Minister Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar talks to anchors and journalists in a meeting held at the PM House in Islamabad on August 31, 2023. — PID

ISLAMABAD: Caretaker Prime Minister Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar on Friday said that all countries of the region, including Russia and China, wanted peace, security and stability in Afghanistan.

In an exclusive interview with TOLO news, he said that the recognition of Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan needed regional consensus. Until the countries of the region and the world recognised the current government of Afghanistan, Pakistan would not take a step forward in that regard, he added.

“I personally believe that all the countries in the region want the Afghan government to get recognised, although I cannot talk about the exact time, regional countries have understood this. I believe that the issue of recognition will be resolved as time passes.”

The prime minister said the Durand Line was an internationally-recognised border between Afghanistan and Pakistan. “The UN and 206 countries have approved this as an international border and what the Afghan people say about this is their internal discussion, in which I am not interested.”

Caretaker prime minister said the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has shelter in some provinces of Afghanistan and that issue had caused insecurity in Pakistan.

“When my people come to your soil, use it, train on it, and then come and harm my people, then I will definitely be telling you that my unpleasant brother is on your soil, no matter if by your permission or not, he must be expelled from your soil,” he added.

“This is Pakistan’s stance and we have not accused the Afghan government of intentionally sheltering these people,” the prime minister said. He said that no nation would be permitted to utilise Pakistan's airspace against Afghanistan.