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Pakistan warns Afghanistan may fall under humanitarian crisis

ISLAMABAD

Pakistan warned Friday that Afghanistan could fall under a humanitarian crisis as many Afghans are in need of urgent humanitarian assistance.

Speaking at a UN Security Council meeting on Afghanistan, Pakistan’s Ambassador to the UN Munir Akram said the planet must prevent things from deteriorating any longer, as this might trigger an enormous outflow of refugees and complicate prospects for building peace and security, consistent with a press release issued from Pakistan’s mission to the UN.

“Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, conflict, and failure of the past governments also as their corruption, the humanitarian situation in Afghanistan is dire, with nearly 18 million Afghans in need of urgent humanitarian assistance,” Akram said.

The international community should learn from the past and must remain engaged in Afghanistan as instability or economic collapse would perpetuate conflict and prolong the suffering of the people in Afghanistan, he said.

“This will benefit nobody except those that see continued conflict in Afghanistan as a chance to utilize turmoil to sponsor terrorism from its territory,” he added.

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He told the UN Security Council that over a million Afghans had been killed, injured, maimed, and traumatized during the last four decades of war, which devastated the country’s already fragile economy.

“Today Afghanistan stands at a critical juncture in its history. The Afghan people can, with the support of the international community, restore peace and revive the prospects of development,” he said.

Stressing the necessity for restoration of peace in Afghanistan, Akram said neighboring Pakistan has been severely impacted by the results of the conflict in Afghanistan.

“In the so-called ‘war on terror,’ 80,000 Pakistanis were killed in terror attacks and thousands were injured. Our economy suffered estimated damage of over $150 billion,” he explained.

He said he hoped the new interim Taliban government would achieve establishing law and order and a way of security within the country, restore basic services to the people, and enable the timely distribution of international humanitarian assistance in coordination with the UN and its agencies.

“Afghanistan’s access to its financial resources is important to stop further exacerbation of the delicate economic situation and therefore the collapse of its economy. this is often essential to stop runaway inflation, inflation, growing poverty, and a mass refugee exodus from Afghanistan,” he argued.

On Tuesday Jens Laerke, spokesperson for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), warned that “basic services in Afghanistan are collapsing and food and other lifesaving aid is close to run out.”

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