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Withdrawal of foreign troops, new reality established in Afghanistan after Taliban control: Imran Khan

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(Sajjad Hussain) Islamabad, Sep 17 (PTI) Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday said a “new reality” has been established in Afghanistan after the Taliban seized power in Kabul and now ensure that the collective action of the international community It is in our interest that there should be no new conflict and that it should never again become a safe haven for terrorists. Addressing the 20th Shanghai Cooperation Organization Council of Heads of State (SCO-ACHS) in Tajikistan’s capital Dushanbe, Khan said it should be a matter of relief for the world that Afghanistan is captured by the Taliban.

(Sajjad Hussain) Islamabad, Sep 17 (PTI) Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday said a “new reality” has been established in Afghanistan after the Taliban seized power in Kabul and it is now in the collective interest of the international community to ensure that Let there be no new conflict and it will never again become a safe haven for terrorists.

Addressing the 20th Shanghai Cooperation Organization Heads of State (SCO-ACHS) in Tajikistan’s capital Dushanbe, Khan said it should be a matter of relief for the world that after the Taliban capture Afghanistan and the full withdrawal of foreign troops from there. The withdrawal took place ‘without bloodshed and civil war and without mass exodus of refugees’.

Khan said Pakistan’s interest was linked to a peaceful and stable Afghanistan.

“The sudden overthrow of the previous government, the Taliban taking over the reins of governance and the complete withdrawal of foreign troops took everyone by surprise, which has set a new reality,” he said. ”

He said that it is in the collective interest of the international community to ensure that there are no new conflicts in Afghanistan and that the security situation is stable.

At the same time, Khan said an equally immediate priority is to prevent humanitarian crisis and economic slowdown.

“We must remember that the previous government was heavily dependent on foreign aid and the economy could collapse once it is withdrawn,” he said. It is time to stand firmly with the Afghan people. ”

He said the Taliban rulers must fulfill their promises.

“The Taliban must fulfill the promises made for an inclusive political structure where all ethnic groups are represented,” he said. This is essential for stability in Afghanistan. ”

Khan said Afghanistan cannot be controlled from outside.

At the same time, in response to a question related to the origin of Kovid-19, Khan defended Pakistan’s close friend China.

He said, “There should be no attempts to politicize the question of the origin of the virus as it will create division at a time when the world needs to be united.” ”

On the issue of terrorism, Khan said that despite the efforts of the international community, the threats posed by terrorism still exist.

He said, “The linking of terrorism to one religion has helped spread influence to the extreme right and believers of one religion as the supreme all over the world. ”

“In some cases, such extremist and fanatical ideologies have helped seize power in so-called democracies,” Khan said without naming any other country.

The SCO, a grouping of eight countries, China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, India and Pakistan, is holding its 21st summit in Dushanbe.

Afghanistan is an observer in the SCO.

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