Pakistan Calls On World To Help Avert Humanitarian Crisis In Afghanistan

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has warned that Afghanistan could potentially become the “biggest man-mad crisis” if the world failed to act in a timely manner.

Addressing the 17th extraordinary session of the Council of Foreign Ministers Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Pakistan, Khan highlighted the collapsing hospitals, education sector, and the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Afghanistan and called for the world to take immediate action as the Taliban-ruled nation was heading towards chaos.

“If the world doesn’t act, this will be the biggest man-made crisis which is unfolding in front of us,” Khan said.

The chaos in Afghanistan mean the end of the government which would strengthen the ISIS, enabling it carry out acts of global terrorism, Khan told the session, where the Taliban Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi, representatives from 57 Muslim nations and delegates from the US, China, Russia, the European Union and the UN, were in attendance.

Khan said that owing to a dearth of resources, if the Afghan government remained unable to fight terrorism, other countries may also face its spillover impact.

Moreover, he said that the Taliban should also have to understand that formation of an inclusive government, respect for human rights, particularly women, and disallowing the use of Afghan soil for terrorism in other countries would pave the way for international aid to Afghanistan.

In his speech at the OIC summit, Under-Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs Martin Griffiths called on the world to save Afghanistan from a total collapse.

“The need for liquidity and stabilization of the banking system is now urgent – not only to save the lives of the Afghan people but also to enable humanitarian organizations to respond,” he said.

In his part, Taliban Foreign Minister, Amir Khan Muttaqi said, “We, as a representative and responsible government of the Afghan people, consider human rights, women rights and participation by all capable Afghans from various regions our duty. We have done much in this regard and will continue to take further steps.”

He furthered that “we continue to be targets of partisan propaganda” by a number of media outlets whereby the present picture of Afghanistan is displayed in a distorted manner to the world.

According to him, after forty years of instability and war, every Afghan currently has an opportunity to reside in their homeland without fear or threats.

“Five hundred thousand civil servants from the former regime are continuing to work in the various departments of the Islamic Emirate and none are treated in a discriminatory or vindictive manner,” he added.

The call for humanitarian support comes at a time when the UN figures from early November, showed almost 24 million people in Afghanistan, around 60 percent of the population, suffer from acute hunger. That includes 8.7 million living in near-famine.


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