NSC calls on Afghan parties to maintain tranquility

By Staff Reporter
Tuesday – August 17, 2021
ISLAMABAD: The national security committee (NSC), on Monday, noted positively that major violence had been averted thus far and called on all parties in Afghanistan to respect the rule of law, protect fundamental human rights of all Afghans, and ensure that Afghan soil is not used by any terrorist organisation / group against any country.

According to a press release, the high level meeting was convened to deliberate on the emerging situation in Afghanistan and was chaired by the prime minister (PM) in the federal capital.

The participants were briefed on latest developments in Afghanistan and their possible impact on Pakistan and the region. The overall security situation in the region was also discussed.

The NSC noted that Pakistan is a victim of the decades long conflict in Afghanistan and therefore desires peace and stability in the neighbourhood.

It was emphasised that the world must recognise the sacrifices made by Pakistan over four decades.

The participants reiterated that Pakistan remains committed to an inclusive political settlement as the way forward representing all Afghan ethnic groups.

It was reaffirmed that Pakistan will continue to work with the international community and all Afghan stakeholders to facilitate an inclusive political settlement in the country.

It was stressed that the principle of non-interference in Afghanistan must be adhered to.

PM Khan directed that all possible facilities be made available to repatriate Pakistanis, diplomats, journalists and staff of international organisations seeking to leave Afghanistan.

He lauded the ongoing efforts of the Pakistan embassy in Kabul and the state machinery in this regard.

The NSC reiterated Pakistan’s stance that the conflict in Afghanistan never had a military solution.

The ideal time to end the conflict through negotiations might have been when the United States (US) / North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) troops were at maximum military strength in Afghanistan.

The continuation of foreign military presence for a longer duration could not have yielded a different outcome.

Therefore, endorsement by the US president Joe Biden’s administration of the previous US administration’s decision of troops withdrawal is indeed a logical conclusion to this conflict.

It is now time for the international community to work together to ensure an inclusive political settlement for long term peace, security and development of Afghanistan / the region.

The NSC was also attended by senior cabinet members and services chiefs.