Vital to stabilise security situation in Afghanistan, PM Imran says in meeting with Qatari deputy PM

Statesman Report

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday stressed the need to stabilise the security situation and prevent a humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan, where the Taliban announced an interim government earlier this week drawn exclusively from loyalist ranks.

The premier discussed the latest developments in Afghanistan and diversifying bilateral relations in a meeting with Qatar’s Deputy Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdul Rahman Al Thani, who called on the former in Islamabad Thursday.

Highlighting that Pakistan “suffered enormously” due to the protracted conflict in Afghanistan, Prime Minister Imran underlined the importance of a peaceful, secure and stable Afghanistan for Pakistan as well as the region.

On the evolving situation in the neighbouring country, the premier emphasised that it was “vital to stabilise the security situation, prevent a humanitarian crisis, and stabilise the economy”, according to the Prime Minister’s Office.

Like the present, he said, Pakistan will continue to play its role for the economic uplift, humanitarian relief and assistance to Afghanistan.

Imran also called upon the international community to “stand in solidarity with the Afghan people, engage positively, and create incentives to ensure sustainable peace, stability and economic development in Afghanistan”, the statement said.