ISLAMABAD(APP NEWS):- Prime Minister Imran Khan Sunday while highlighting the collapsing hospitals, education sector and deteriorating humanitarian situation in Afghanistan called for the world to take immediate action as Afghanistan was heading towards chaos.
“Unless action is taken immediately, Afghanistan is heading for chaos. Any government when it cannot pay salaries to public servants, doctors and nurses, any government is going to collapse. But chaos suits no one. It certainly does not suit the United States,” the prime minister said in his keynote address at the 17th Extraordinary Session of the Council of Foreign Ministers of Organization of Islamic Cooperation being held here.
The prime minister said owing to a dearth of resources, if the Afghan government remained unable to counter terrorism, other countries may also face a spillover impact of it.
Convened by Saudi Arabia as OIC chair and hosted by Pakistan to discuss the Afghanistan humanitarian crisis, the session is being attended by around 20 foreign ministers, 10 deputy foreign ministers and 70 delegates.
Mentioning the presence of ISIL in Afghanistan, and terror attacks inside Pakistan by it from across the Afghan border, the prime minister said the only way to handle the terror outfit was a stable Afghanistan. He said ISIL was capable of carrying out international attacks, he added.
The prime minister said Pakistan had also the same worry having faced the biggest collateral damage of Afghan war with the loss of 80,000 people and the shattered economy, and displacement of 3.5 million people.
The prime minister welcomed the delegates in Pakistan and said ironically, Pakistan had hosted OIC moot on Afghanistan 41 years ago as no country suffered from conflicts as much as Afghanistan.
He said the situation in Afghanistan was also caused by the years of corrupt government, suspension of foreign aid, freezing of foreign assets and dysfunctional banking system which could lead to the collapse of any state.
He said if the world failed to act timely, it would lead to the “biggest man-made disaster.”
The prime minister said the OIC had a huge responsibility as it was our religious duty too to support the suffering Afghan brethren.
The prime minister urged the world not link their support with the Taliban rather they must think of 40 million people.
However, he also said that Taliban would also have to understand that formation of an inclusive government, respect for human rights particularly women, and disallowing the use of Afghan soil for terrorism in other countries would pave way for international aid to Afghanistan.
He also mentioned his meeting with the interim Afghan foreign minister in which he had categorically assured to comply all the aforesaid conditions.
The prime minister however asked the international community to be sensitive to the cultural traditions in Afghanistan as well as adjoining areas in Pakistan particularly considering the girls’ education.
He said in case of violation of their traditions, the families would never send their girls to school even if incentivized but they would willingly do it without any stipend if felt satisfied.
The prime minister said any chaos in Afghanistan would lead to the mass exodus of refugees which would be unaffordable for Pakistan rather than no developing country.
He said the developed countries had a problem even with few thousand refugees, so how a developing country like Pakistan could host hundreds of thousands of them.
The prime minister appreciated the Islamic Development Bank’s proposal for an immediate and long-term support mechanism for Afghanistan and hoped the moot would come up with a proper roadmap to deal with the situation.
He also called for OIC’s unified response on the issues of Kashmir and Palestine where people were struggling for their democratic rights also guaranteed by the United Nations.
Coming to Islamophobia, Prime Minister Imran Khan said the refugee crisis had exacerbated the phenomenon when terrorism and Islam were connected by the west making the western Muslims suffer.
The prime minister said the absence of any intellectual response to such a situation also led to the situation as the west’s attitude towards religion was different.
He said Pakistan had formed a Rahmatullil Alamin Authority to coordinate with world Muslim scholars to consider the intellectual response to the subjects like cartoons or insulting of the Holy Prophet (Peace be Upon Him) to make the West understand as how Muslims revered him.
Moreover, the Authority would also raise the morality and ethics of society by teachings Seeratun Nabi (PBUH) to the people besides bringing unity in the society.
Over half of Afghan population faces food shortage: FM Qureshi
Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Sunday said that over half of the Afghan population faced food shortage, which made the population of two-thirds UN member states.
The foreign minister, also chair of the session, in his opening address at the 17th Extraordinary Session of the Council of Foreign Ministers of Organization of Islamic Cooperation proposed a six-point strategy for addressing Afghanistan’s humanitarian crisis, food security and economic revival besides the institutional capacity building to counter-terrorism.
The foreign minister called for increasing the investment, bilaterally or through OIC platform in the education and skill training of Afghan people.
He proposed the establishment of an experts’ group of OIC and UN to consider ways and means to ensure the revival of the legitimate banking service in the war-torn country.
The foreign minister also called for enhanced engagement with Afghanistan to bring in political and social inclusivity besides ensuring respect for human rights particularly women’s rights.
He said Pakistan had hosted an OIC session on Afghanistan on 1980 and after 41 years, Pakistan was is obliged to host another session on the humanitarian crisis in same country as the sufferings of the Afghan people had not ended.
Extraordinary OIC session
For the first time in 41 years ago, Pakistan is hosting a major meeting of the Islamic world. Prime Minister Imran Khan will address the inaugural session. Afghanistan tops the agenda at the key meeting of the world’s second-largest organization after the United Nations.
The foreign minister summit will seek the support of the international community and aid agencies to save the war-torn Afghan people from poverty, famine, food crisis and cold weather for four decades.
Foreign ministers from member countries continue to arrive in Islamabad.
The caretaker Foreign Minister of Afghanistan Amir Khan Mottaqi, Foreign Minister of Malaysia
Saifuddin Abdullah, Turkmenistan’s Raşit Meredov, Indonesia’s Retno Marsudi, Oman’s Sheikh Khalifa Issa were already in Islamabad on Saturday. The Deputy Foreign Minister of Kyrgyzstan has also arrived.
The guests were welcomed by Federal Minister for Defense Production Zubeida Jalal and
Minister of State Ali Muhammad Khan. Expecting positive results from the meeting, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said that Pakistan wanted to convince the world that the current serious economic crisis facing Afghanistan would affect the entire region and the world seems to be convinced of this today.
Exquisite arrangements have been made for the meeting in Islamabad. Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi visited the Parliament House to examine the preparations.
The meeting will be attended by 57 OIC member states, the five permanent members of the United Nations, the United States, Russia, China, Britain, France, Germany, as well as
The OIC Council of Foreign Ministers has held 16 extraordinary meetings before this. Pakistan also hosted a meeting on Afghanistan in 1980. Out of the 47 regular meetings of the Council, Pakistan has hosted meetings in 1970, 1980, 1993 and 2007.
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