Prime Minister Imran Khan has stressed the need for a ‘coordinated policy’ on Afghanistan during the 34th National Security Committee (NSC) meeting on Friday.
According to a press release issued by the Prime Minister’s Office, the NSC was convened under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Imran Khan to discuss the ongoing situation in Afghanistan. It was attended by relevant federal cabinet members, all services chiefs, and heads of intelligence services.
During the crucial NSC moot today, Afghanistan remained the topic of discussion and the prime minister received a detailed briefing on the evolving regional security situation and the recent developments in the war-torn country and their possible impact on Pakistan.
The NSC reiterated Pakistan’s commitment to a peaceful, stable and sovereign Afghanistan, according to the statement by the PMO and added that the participants noted, with concern, the “dire humanitarian situation in Afghanistan and emphasized the urgent need for the international community to provide assistance to avert a humanitarian crisis”.
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The forum also highlighted the importance of international coordination on constructive political and economic engagement with the interim government in Afghanistan.
“The prime minister expressed satisfaction on Pakistan’s support to the international evacuation effort from Afghanistan and noted that the entire world had recognised Pakistan’s positive contribution,” the PMO stated.
The NSC emphasised that the evolving situation in the region was “extremely complex” and any instability in Afghanistan “could have severe implications for Pakistan”.
“Agreeing with this view, the prime minister stressed the need for a coordinated policy effort,” the press release added.
The premier also directed the establishment of a dedicated cell to synergize various streams of efforts on Afghanistan across the government, including international coordination for humanitarian assistance and effective border management to prevent any negative spillover into Pakistan.
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