ISLAMABAD: As a fraternal and neighboring nation, Pakistan would continue to support all international efforts for a politically and economically stable Afghanistan, Caretaker Prime Minister Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar stated on Thursday. The destiny of the Afghan people and their leadership is ultimately up to them. According to him, Pakistan is not threatened by Afghanistan or its people. Due to affinities, Pakistan thought that Afghanistan’s people would not pose a threat or cause harm to their territory. Afghanistan also has its own unique culture and geography.
According to him, Pakistan had made the Taliban interim government aware of its concerns about the presence of terrorist elements and their involvement in terrorist acts, and they had done so very directly. He was answering various queries on a chat show on a private television network called “Maraka,” which is the Pashtun word for debate.
According to the acting prime minister, Afghans had experienced hardships for the past forty or fifty years, including inter-Afghan conflicts and foreign military incursions. According to him, Afghanistan holds a prominent place in the area, and Pakistan, being its neighbor, aims to bolster its significance by endorsing all international endeavors aimed at promoting political and economic stability in the region.
In response to a query, he stated that the TTP terrorist elements that were outlawed moved to Afghanistan following the Swat and Zarb-e-Azb operations. According to Prime Minister Kakar, the previous government should not have held talks with the TTP. The Pakistani Constitution is extremely clear on this point, and anyone who supported armed insurrection would be labeled as “Takfiri,” as Ulema had said.
He reaffirmed that these groups will not be the subject of state negotiations. The prime minister declined to comment on Maulana Fazl-ur-Rehman’s visit to Afghanistan, stating that it was a private visit. He went on to say that although they may share ideas and suggestions with the Afghans as friends and brothers, it was ultimately up to them to make their own choices.
He went on, “What we anticipate from them is that no threats or harm to Pakistan should come from their soil.” “There exist significant prospects that can yield mutual benefits for all parties involved,” he stated, stressing that mega-regional connectivity initiatives such as the Tans-Railway Line, TAPI, and other undertakings would equally advantage both nations and the region as a whole.
He declared that “one document regime was final” and that there was no other option when it came to the repatriation of illegal Afghans. In response to another query, he stated that throughout the brief time of their temporary administration, they had worked to lead the nation away from several difficulties, most notably economic difficulties. He claimed that because of the nation’s geographic location, it was a challenging job for them to assume the reins of authority.
He said, “Of most, the economic challenge was a complex and difficult one,” bringing up the depletion of foreign exchange reserves and the Afghan Transit trade as examples. He did, however, acknowledge that the country was now moving in the right direction and that their efforts had produced excellent results, saying that they were able to turn things around because of the institutional support. The acting prime minister declared that they were supporting the nation’s electoral commission. While acknowledging that there would be issues as a transitional democracy, he stressed that foreign observers and media would be present to monitor and report on the elections. He also added that the system would only get stronger with time.
He continued, “The primary duty of the caretaker arrangement was to guarantee free, fair, and transparent elections so that citizens could choose their representatives.”
When asked about a political party, he said that those seemed to be administrative problems and insisted that the judiciary and the ECP were operating normally and that anyone with complaints could go to them. He also categorically denied that the interim government had given any orders regarding any party.