LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Sunday mentioned that the previous leaders of Afghanistan are accountable for the present state of affairs there, Geo.television reported Monday.
Qureshi’s remarks got here throughout a working dinner organised by the Pakistan High Commission in London, United Kingdom, on Sunday night. He is in London on a three-day official go to after the conclusion of his journey to New York the place he attended the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).
Qureshi could have conferences with the chairman of the British Foreign Affairs Committee, members of the British Parliament, and his counterpart Elizabeth Truss on the Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Office throughout the journey.
“Former president of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai — who held office from 2001 to 2014 — used to accuse Pakistan of interfering in his country’s matters,” Qureshi mentioned.
The overseas minister added that due to the struggle within the nation and the choice taken by the previous leaders, the folks of Afghanistan needed to endure for a very long time.
“The people of Afghanistan are tired of war and only want peace and stability in their country,” he mentioned.
Qureshi additionally turned weapons on Western international locations for the state of affairs in Afghanistan and mentioned that “they are trying to make Pakistan a scapegoat.”
“[As opposed to the narrative of Western countries] Pakistan is not a safe haven for terrorists. Western media outlets should come here and see the situation for themselves,” Qureshi maintained.
He additionally spoke concerning the interim Taliban authorities in Afghanistan and mentioned that each Pakistan and the United Kingdom are on the identical web page in relation to the demand for an inclusive authorities within the nation.
“The United Kingdom supports the idea of an inclusive government in Afghanistan, and this exactly what Pakistan wants too,” the overseas minister mentioned. “While the two countries may have different approaches to dealing with the situation, the goal is the same”, per Geo.television.
Qureshi additionally talked concerning the likelihood of a humanitarian disaster in Afghanistan and urged Britain to contact the Taliban authorities to resolve the difficulty.
He warned that if the world isolates Afghanistan, then there will probably be a refugee downside and other people will flip to Europe for assist.
“Pakistan is ready to be at the centre of relief activities in Afghanistan and will extend all possible support to the people there,” mentioned Qureshi.