33 C
Lahore
Tuesday, October 4, 2022
Search
Generic filters
EditorialTaliban FM visits Pakistan

Taliban FM visits Pakistan

Pakistan should not have invited the Taliban regime’s foreign minister to Pakistan. The world must be suspicious about Pakistan allowing Taliban diplomats to work in Islamabad and other consulates. On the other hand, in a bid to develop strategic depth, Pakistan is making quite a lot of efforts to establish a good relationship with the incumbent Taliban government in Afghanistan. Last month, Foreign Minister of Pakistan Shah Mehmood Qureshi visited Kabul and pledged a package of Rs5 billion for humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan in kind. Both countries agreed to engage in bilateral assistance in matters of trade, peace and security. It was agreed upon that neither country would be used as the home ground for attacking the other by any group whatsoever. Pakistan also recently opened the borders for pedestrians and transit and trade. All procedural restrictions were lifted. The Afghan embassy in Islamabad and consulates in Karachi, Quetta and Peshawar have been occupied by Taliban officials.

Although Pakistan has not yet recognized the Taliban government, it is likely to be the first one to do so. However, it would be prudent to wait to enter into formal relations with the Taliban government until the world recognizes them. Pakistan must always look out for itself first and then about neighbouring countries as severing ties with the superpowers for a weak neighbour that supports terrorist outfits in Pakistan is not a smart move to say the least. Pakistan has been denied many privileges due to its affiliation with internationally recognized terrorist organizations and now the unconditional support for a government that has not yet been recognized by the international community may lead to disastrous consequences. However, as Prime Minister Imran Khan tweeted, Pakistan must provide all kinds of humanitarian support it can and it must also persuade the international community to come to the aid of Afghans who are suffering a great deal due to the shattered Afghan economy which has led to the unavailability of basic necessities for most of the population.

Afghan Foreign Minister Amir Khan Mutaqqi will be visiting Pakistan from November 10 to 12. The agenda put forward for this visit is the development and enhancement of ties, economy, transit, refugees and expanding facilities for movement of people. This exchange of visits may be seen as an alarming development of ties by the international community. Pakistan must not advertise this visit as the recognition of the Taliban government in Afghanistan. Although keeping a distance from the neighbour is hardly possible, it must be maintained up until they are recognized by the superpowers in the global arena.

Previous articleCostliest LNG deals
Next articleCricket normalcy 

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Subscribe Today

GET EXCLUSIVE FULL ACCESS TO PREMIUM CONTENT

SUPPORT NONPROFIT JOURNALISM

EXPERT ANALYSIS OF AND EMERGING TRENDS IN CHILD WELFARE AND JUVENILE JUSTICE

TOPICAL VIDEO WEBINARS

Get unlimited access to our EXCLUSIVE Content and our archive of subscriber stories.

Top News

More articles