Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmad has said that Prime Minister Imran Khan will speak to the world on the Afghan situation.

He stated this at a press conference in Islamabad on Wednesday but did not elaborate when and on which world forum he would speak.

The interior minister also spoke about the situation in Afghanistan, adding that the Chaman border was an important trade route for both Pakistan and Afghanistan.

“The border is open, Pakistan is not reeling under any pressure of immigrants,” he added.

He said Islamabad would not allow the TTP to carry out subversive activities in Pakistan. Without mentioning any name, Rashid warned that the “enemy” was bent upon destroying the peace in Balochistan.

“I watched Suhail Shaheen and Zabihullah Mujahid’s interviews. They guaranteed that Afghanistan’s soil will not be used against any country in the world,” said the minister.

He said that India is hatching conspiracies against Pakistan, adding that the evolving situation in Afghanistan is painful for India to digest.

Sheikh Rashid said India is not happy at all at the evolving situation in Afghanistan.

Indian consulates in Afghanistan were being used for anti-Pakistan activities during Ashraf Ghani’s presidency, he said and added that New Delhi had now tasted defeat after the previous regime had been ousted from power.

He said that New Delhi is involved in conspiracies against the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, adding that Pakistan will not let any ploys against the project succeed.

Pakistan will provide security to every Chinese worker involved with the project. “No power on earth can undo CPEC,” he added.

The interior minister said Pakistan was working round the clock to ensure the evacuation of foreigners, journalists and diplomats from Afghanistan.

“As of yesterday, 2,538 people have been brought from Afghanistan [to Pakistan] from Kabul airport,” he said. “As many as 1,100 people from Torkham border have returned to Afghanistan from Pakistan.”

Sheikh Rashid also criticised the opposition alliance, saying that they must understand that the next six months were vital for international politics.

“I’d like to give a free advice to the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM): now is not the time for domestic politics,” he said. “Only JUI-F chief Maulana Fazal-ur-Rehman understands international politics in the PDM; the rest are part of the ‘Under 19 team’,” he added.

Lashing out at the opposition, he said they are still living in the past, adding that people do not change their positions and stances based on jalsas (rallies) alone. 

The story was filed by the News Desk.
The Desk can be reached at info@thecorrespondent.com.pk.

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