Pakistan won’t abandon Afghans in time of need: PM

Pakistan won’t abandon Afghans in time of need: PM

Staff Report

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan has reiterated that Pakistan will not leave Afghan people alone in the testing times and vowed maximum assistance to Afghanistan.
PM Khan, while chairing the third meeting of the Apex Committee on Afghanistan here on Friday, said that Pakistan is committed to providing all-out support to the Afghan people to avert the humanitarian crisis, according to a statement issued by Prime Minister Office (PMO).
The meeting was attended by Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry, Interior Minister Sheikh Rasheed, Advisor on Commerce Abdul Razak Dawood, , National Security Advisor (NSA) Yusuf Moeed, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa and senior civil and military officers.
The PM said: “We welcome United Nation’s (UN) appeal for aid to Afghanistan.”
The apex committee again expressed concerns over the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Afghanistan and vowed that Pakistan will not abandon Afghans in their time of need.
It renewed its appeal to the international community and relief agencies to provide aid at this critical juncture to avert economic collapse and to save precious lives in Afghanistan. The PM directed the authorities concerned to explore bilateral cooperation with friendly countries as well to stave off humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan by exporting qualified and trained manpower especially in medical, IT, Finance and accounting.
He also directed to extend cooperation in the fields of railways, minerals, pharmaceuticals and media to help in Afghanistan’s rehabilitation and development.
Earlier, the apex committee was updated on the progress made on relief of in-kind humanitarian assistance worth Rs5 billion, which comprises food commodities including 50,000 MT of wheat, emergency medical supplies, winter shelters and other supplies.
It was told that Afghanistan is on the verge of a hunger and crisis situation during this harsh winter. The crisis makes it difficult for the people to get enough food and shelter. The apex committee resolved to stand together with the Afghan people and urged relief agencies to take immediate action.
Meanwhile, talking to Special Assistant to PM on Political Affairs and Chief Whip Malik Amir Dogar, PM emphasized on the importance of strengthening the role of parliament and effective legislation for the progress of country. During the meeting, matters relating to Thursday’s National Assembly session and the legislation were discussed. The PM directed to ensure the resolution of the constituency problems of the members, provision of development funds and the completion of people-oriented welfare projects in the stipulated period.

PM Khan,
Gen Bajwa discuss national security issues

Monitoring Desk

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday met Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa to discuss national security issues.
According to the media reports, the meeting discussed the first-ever national security policy of the country, internal issues faced by the nation and the overall security situation.