Prime Minister Imran Khan has said
that the world has no other alternative but to recognise the Taliban government
in Afghanistan.

In an interview with France’s Le
Figaro
, PM Imran said that Pakistan cannot be the only country to recognise
the Taliban government, adding that it should be a collective process.

“If Pakistan is the first to grant
recognition, the international pressure will become too much for us as we are
trying to turn our economy around. We can only recover if we have good
relations with the international community,” he added

The PM said, “Pakistan believes that the more stable the Afghan
government is, the less the terrorist groups can operate there.”

He maintained that the Taliban government has assured Islamabad of
developing an inclusive government and ensuring human rights.

Afghans should not be expected to respect women’s rights as
Westerners understand them, said the PM, adding that Taliban have told Pakistan
that that girls should be educated.

Responding to a question, the PM said Pakistan’s first concern are
the refugees. 

“If the humanitarian crisis worsens in Afghanistan, we will
have an influx of refugees, while more than 240,000 have already fled their
country after the fall of Kabul. We do not have the resources to accept more
refugees,” said the premier.

He said Pakistan does not want international terrorism to operate
from Afghanistan but this can only be done with the help of the Taliban
government. 

“We have already lost 80,000 lives in the war on terrorism
and we do not want a conflict with the Afghan government. We will be partners
with the US in peace, not in war,” said the PM.

‘Pakistan enjoys good ties with
US’

PM Imran Khan said that he has always been a critic of the US
invasion of Afghanistan. 

Responding to a question about his recent harsh remarks about US,
the PM said that he had criticised Washington over terrorism and Afghanistan’s
situation. He said that Pakistan was blamed for US failure in Afghanistan.

The PM said that Pakistan enjoys good ties with the US.

Kashmir dispute

When asked about Kashmir dispute, the PM said the attitude of the
BJP government and the RSS towards Pakistan and Kashmir is worrisome. 

“We are dealing with a government that is not rational, whose
ideology is based on hatred of religious minorities and Pakistan. We cannot
talk to them. We are at a dead end,” said PM Imran.

The premier said talks with India at this point in time would be like
betraying the Kashmiris who have suffered so much and who live in an open-air
prison environment with 800,000 troops deployed in the region.

He, however, said it is possible to build a relationship with
India, but this requires the restoration of Kashmir’s autonomy. They have
violated international law with this abrogation, said the premier.

France is our trade partner

On ties
with France, the PM pointed out that about half of our exports go to the
European Union, of which France is one of the most significant members.

The premier said that France is also Pakistan’s trading partner
and showed his inclination to meet French President Emmanuel Macron.

 

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2022-02-15

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