Saturday September 11, 2021

Pakistan Reiterates Resolve to Ensure Lasting Peace in Afghanistan

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has once again reiterated that all energies must be focused on ensuring lasting peace and stability in Afghanistan through positive engagement with international community.

In his weekly press briefing Foreign Office spokesperson Asim Iftikhar said we continue to closely follow the evolving situation in Afghanistan and reaffirm our abiding commitment to a peaceful, stable, sovereign and prosperous Afghanistan.

The spokesperson said we hope that the new political dispensation in Afghanistan will ensure coordinated efforts for peace, security and stability as well as work towards taking care of humanitarian and development needs of the Afghan people.

He said in pursuance in continuation of our constructive role and engagement, primarily keeping the interest of the Afghan people upfront, Pakistan has decided to dispatch humanitarian assistance comprising food and medicines for the people of Afghanistan.

First flight carrying such assistance reached Kabul yesterday and another in Kandahar today.

Asim Iftikhar said in the days leading up to the completion of the U.S. military withdrawal from Afghanistan, Pakistan provided critical support to the multinational evacuation effort from Afghanistan both from Kabul airport, and across the land border.

On the larger plane, Pakistan has continued proactive diplomacy in recent weeks, interacting with a host of partners in the region and beyond.

 He said as the situation in Afghanistan is at a critical juncture, and responsible members of the international community are engaged in deliberating the best way forward, it is extremely deplorable that certain spoilers remain busy in peddling false narratives and disinformation.

 Motivated stories recently carried by certain segments in the international media, alluding to Pakistan’s “involvement” in Panjshir are categorically rejected.

These allegations are part of a mischievous propaganda campaign, led by Indian media’s fake news that has been thoroughly exposed.

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