ISLAMABAD: National Security Adviser (NSA) Dr Moeed Yusuf has said Pakistan wants peace in the region, particularly lasting peace and stability in Afghanistan.
In his interview with, Dr Yusuf instead of waiting for a security and humanitarian crisis to arise, the global powers should work with Afghanistan to prevent it. He stressed peace should also be a priority of all stakeholders and key partners.
He said that enemies of the country will not be allowed to destabilise Pakistan. “We will not compromise on the integrity and sovereignty of our country.”
The NSA said that the world should establish contacts with the Taliban for lasting peace and stability in Afghanistan and pointed that by leaving Afghanistan alone, the mistake of the 1990s should not be repeated.
Dr Moeed Yusuf said that Pakistan was facing problems due to instability in Afghanistan. Since 9/11, Pakistan has borne the brunt with over 80,000 casualties and more than $150 billion in economic losses, while 3.5 million people have been displaced due to the terrorist insurgency, he noted.
“We are committed to peace in Afghanistan and will continue to work for peace and stability, but only under the international legal framework,” he said.
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Replying to a question, he regretted that the former government of Afghanistan had been trying to blame its weaknesses and failures on Pakistan. He said India was involved in negative propaganda against Pakistan.
“The video of the plane being propagated in the Indian media as a Pakistan Air Force aircraft was in fact a clip of an American plane in the UK,” he said, adding that India’s fake news network in the international media was already exposed.
Dr Moeed Yusuf said Pakistan was committed to securing its borders due to instability in Afghanistan and preventing terrorists from entering its territory. However, he said Pakistan was providing all possible assistance to the international community in the evacuation operation.
To a question, he said the Taliban had assured the world that Afghanistan’s territory would not be allowed to be used against any country. He said that Afghans and Pakistanis were brothers and their relationship spanned over centuries.