ISLAMABAD, Dec 18 (APP): Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi Saturday said that with the world joining its voice, Pakistan’s stance on the prevailing situation in Afghanistan was growingly getting recognition.
He was talking to media at the Parliament House after examining the arrangements for the 17th Extraordinary Session of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) set to take place on Sunday.
He said from the very first day, Pakistan told the world about the looming humanitarian crisis and that the situation could also lead to an economic collapse if the banking system remained dysfunctional for long.
He said the economic collapse of Afghanistan would not only impact the immediate neighbors or region but the world in form of exodus of refugees as well as terrorism.
He said objective behind hosting the moot was to attract the world attention towards the food shortage, plight of the children, and the financial difficulties in the war-torn country.
“Today, the world seems to be getting convinced on this. Around 11 NATO commanders who had served in Afghanistan are also pointing toward this. The ambassadors who served in Kabul and are fully cognizant of the ground realities have written in their Op-ed asking the Biden administration to review its policy,” he said.
The foreign minister, who earlier examined the committee rooms for meetings of the delegates as well as the bilateral meetings, besides the arrangements to receive the dignitaries, told media that the envoys had urged the US administration to think of the people of Afghanistan for whose welfare, the US had made huge investment.
He said Pakistan had been calling the world not to show any indifference and many voices were joining it including from the European Union.
“Around 39 US congressmen have written a letter to US Secretary of State Blinken saying it is our responsibility and moral obligation to avert the humanitarian crisis. New thinking is emerging and this is the very objective of this extraordinary conference,” he said.
He told media that the 437 delegates had registered themselves to be part of the moot. A huge number of foreign and deputy foreign ministers are arriving, he added.
Qureshi said the senior officials of the OIC countries would meet Saturday at the venue to discuss the agenda and work plan and was confident of reaching a consensus.
“Tomorrow’s meeting will be very important and historic. We are at the threshold of history. If we take the right step, it can bring in regional, peace, stability and prosperity in Afghanistan. God forbids, if we showed negligence, or not took the timely decision, then Afghanistan can face a new crisis,” the foreign minister warned.
He said any new crisis would impact the whole region rather the world as people would be compelled to migrate.
Special Secretary Foreign Affairs Raza Bashir Tarar, Foreign Office Spokesperson Asim Iftikhar and senior officers accompanied the foreign minister.
He examined the conference hall, facilitation counters for delegates, medical center, media center and different meeting rooms and expressed satisfaction over the arrangements.
He said on prime minister’s directives, all possible arrangements had been made at the venue to facilitate the delegates.