Imran asks ministers to keep mum on Taliban takeover

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Imran Khan also said that his country is reaching out to all “Afghan leaders” and urged other countries to “stay engaged”, to economically support people in the war-ravaged country…reports Asian Lite News.

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has been barring his ministers to speak or issue any statement over the Taliban’s recent takeover in Afghanistan, a media report said.

Khan has told some members of his cabinet to keep quiet on Afghanistan as it’s a ‘sensitive’ matter.

“Not all the ministers should speak on the subject at any platform, including media. Only the concerned ministers are authorised to make statements on the current situation of Afghanistan,” The Frontier Post reported Imran Khan as saying.

Afghan government — which collapsed on Sunday- had blamed several times Islamabad for interfering in Afghanistan’s domestic affairs and supporting the Taliban to create unrest in the country. Afghans across the world also called to sanction Pakistan through staging protests and social media campaigns for their proxy war in Afghanistan.

Imran Khan also expressed his happiness that there has been no loss of life of ordinary people following the Taliban takeover saying that now Afghans have to decide their future on their own, The Frontier Post added.

On Wednesday, Imran Khan met with members of the Afghan delegation and said that no other country was as much interested in ‘peace’ in Afghanistan as Pakistan was.

Imran Khan also said that his country is reaching out to all “Afghan leaders” and urged other countries to “stay engaged”, to economically support people in the war-ravaged country

Khan who on Tuesday received telephone calls from his British counterpart, Boris Johnson and German Chancellor Angela Merkel highlighted the positive role that Pakistan played in facilitating the evacuation of diplomatic personnel and staff of international organisations and others from Afghanistan, Dawn reported.

He also underlined that an inclusive political settlement was the best way forward, during his conversation, it further reported.

Meanwhile, Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari took a jibe at Khan over the current situation in Afghanistan and said that country could not afford any more U-turns regarding the neighbouring country.

European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said that EU will cooperate with any future Afghan government only if it respects the fundamental rights of all Afghans and prevents the use of Afghanistan’s territory by “terrorist organisations”.

Pakistan has been globally accused of sheltering the Taliban in the country. (ANI)

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