Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan urged the international community to help the people of Afghanistan in a pre-recorded message to the United Nations General Assembly on Friday (September 24).
“There’s a huge humanitarian crisis looming ahead and this will have serious repercussions not just for the neighbors of Afghanistan, but it will have repercussions everywhere if a destabilized, chaotic Afghanistan again becomes a safe haven for international terrorists,” he said. “We must strengthen this current government, stabilize it for the sake of the people of Afghanistan.”
U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said last week that Afghanistan is on “the verge of a dramatic humanitarian disaster” and has decided to engage the Taliban in order to help the country’s people.
Khan said Guterres had “taken bold steps. I urge you to mobilize the international community and move in this direction.”
Khan called for the strengthening of the current government and to “stabilize it for the sake of the people of Afghanistan. What have the Taliban promised? They will respect human rights. They will have an inclusive government. They will not allow the soil to be used by terrorists. And they have given amnesty. If the world community incentivizes them, encourages them to walk this talk, it will be a win-win situation for everyone.”
A Taliban offensive as foreign forces withdrew from Afghanistan after a 20-year war culminated in the capture of the capital Kabul on Aug. 15, two decades after they were driven from power by a U.S.-led campaign in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks on the United States.
(Production: Daphne Psaledakis, Roselle Chen)