Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said on Monday observance of human rights by the Taliban in Afghanistan was linked to the loosening of economic squeeze on them.
In a video statement made at the UN conference on the humanitarian situation in Afghanistan, FM Qureshi said: “Ensuring sustainable development and promoting respect for human rights require political stability and peace in Afghanistan.
And peace cannot consolidate unless Afghanistan is provided the necessary economic and fiscal space.”
Afghanistan is confronting an economic collapse and a humanitarian crisis, after foreign contribution suddenly ended help after the Taliban takeover.
For long, Afghanistan’s economy has intensely relied upon foreign aid and it is evaluated that about 80% of the war ravaged country’s annual budget was supported by US and international donors even before the collapse of the West-backed Ghani government.
Soon after the power transition in Kabul, US froze Afghan assets worth $9bn in its banks.
worth roughly $9 billion in its banks out of concerns about basic human rights under Taliban rule and fears that terrorist groups situated in Afghanistan could again threaten global peace and security.
International lending agencies — World Bank and International Monetary Fund — soon followed the suit and impeded Taliban from accessing the funds under their control.
With time the world has become more skeptical about Taliban’s due to their inability to meet commitments made with the international community with respect to formation of an inclusive government, upholding women rights, and not persecuting opponents.
Pakistan has been strongly pleading with the world to engage with Taliban regime, unfreeze Afghanistan’s resources, and provide economic assistance.
“Solidarity must be shown with the Afghan people at this pivotal juncture, both in terms of financial and political support. It is time to renew developmental partnerships, support nation-building, and meet the humanitarian needs of the Afghan population,” Mr Qureshi said at the donors’ conference that sought to raise $606 million in assistance for Afghanistan.
Stressing over the urgency of the situation, the foreign minister said: “The challenges are daunting. The situation is becoming dire for around 18 million people of Afghanistan — directly in need of humanitarian assistance. A sluggish response from the international community can cause grave humanitarian consequences.”
He said the world would need to guarantee access of people of Afghanistan to fundamental necessities like food, health and education for the Afghan public.
The economic crises are affecting fundamental needs of a huge number of Afghans. Non-governmental organizations played a pivotal role in running Afghanistan’s health and education frameworks before Taliban swept to power. They also are requiring a safe and sound environment for providing their services.
The Foreign Minister also urged the world not forget countries like Pakistan that are still hosting millions of Afghan refugees.
International support for the host nations has declined over the years. Pakistan has been facilitating more than 3,000,000 refugees for the beyond 4 decades.
“We reaffirm our commitment today to support the provision of humanitarian relief to the Afghan people under the UN umbrella, as well as the continuity of our in-kind assistance to Afghanistan. We will also continue to facilitate the UN in its humanitarian relief efforts by providing logistical and other support through Pakistan,” he further said