KARACHI: Zabihullah Mujahid, the spokesperson for the “Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan”, has asserted that Pakistan can rest assured it will “not have any threat from Afghanistan”.
He was speaking at Pak-Afghan Youth Forum’s International Conference, titled “Rebuilding Afghanistan Together”. Mujahid heaped praise on Pakistan for its longstanding contributions towards the people of Afghanistan.
The spokesperson hoped that Pakistan’s help to the Afghan nation will continue in terms of its peace efforts and increasing bilateral trade and commerce. He reiterated that there would be no threat to Pakistan from Afghanistan.
Mujahid also spoke of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), saying that the extension of the corridor, that links it with Afghanistan, “is very important”.
A day earlier, the Taliban spokesperson in an interview with an Italian newspaper said that China will be their “major partner” in efforts to rebuilt war-torn Afghanistan. “China is ready to make the investment in Afghanistan and help rebuild the country,” he added.
He clearly stated the Taliban value China’s Belt and Road Initiative as the multibillion-dollar project will revive the ancient Silk Road. Mujahid said that China is also a “passport” for Afghanistan to reach international markets, adding that the neighbouring country will help them to utilise its rich copper resources.
Calling Russian an important partner in the region, he said that Kabul will maintain good relations with Moscow. The Taliban spokesperson said that Turkey and Qatar are helping them in resumption of flight operation at the Kabul airport.