OIC VOWED TO PROVIDE HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE


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Diplomats of Muslim nations at an unusual meeting here on Sunday recognized the deteriorating humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan and summoned for measures to set to work it. The 17th Extraordinary Session of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Council of Foreign Ministers (CFM) phoned at the proposal of Saudi Arabia is being hosted by Pakistan to bring to the attention of the world the humanitarian predicament in Afghanistan.




PAKISTAN STANCE

Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi met with the Taliban team headed by the Interim Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi. Mr Qureshi told West explained he was required to “engage with the Taliban, and that U.S. humanitarian aid to Afghanistan would not carry preconditions and there could be as much as $1.2 billion available through the World Bank that could be released to Afghanistan."


Meanwhile, Prime Minister Imran Khan, in his keynote speech, solicited the US to delink its strategy towards the Taliban from the 40 million people of Afghanistan while pleading for action to assist the Afghan people. “If the world doesn’t act, this will be the biggest man-made crisis which is unfolding in front of us,” he said. He notified that Afghanistan would end up in mayhem if instantaneous action was not taken into consideration. The unrest would result in the end of the government which would bolster ISIS, allowing it to carry out acts of global terrorism, the prime minister said. Khan asserted that he is quite optimistic about the meeting as it would materialize the issue by presenting a roadmap to address the brewing hardship in the neighbouring country. Afghanistan’s economy is confronting a major crisis after the Taliban usurped power in Kabul in mid-August, amid a turbulent US and NATO troops withdraw from the country.

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan directed his statements to the US, advising Washington to drop preconditions to sending out desperately needed reserves and starting again Afghanistan’s banking systems. Khan seemed to propose

Taliban a pass on the limits on education for girls, urging the world to recognize “cultural sensitivities” and proclaiming human rights and women’s rights issues meant different things in different countries.


KEY SUGGESTIONS BY THE HIGHER AUTHORITIES

The meeting also involved the U.N. undersecretary-general on humanitarian affairs well as the president of the Islamic Development Bank Muhammad Sulaiman Al Jasser, who proposed several substantial financing recommendations. He told that the IDB can supervise trusts that could be employed to push money into Afghanistan, jumpstart enterprises and help rescue the deeply unsettled economy. The alarming indications called for the U.S. and other nations to reduce sanctions, comprising the discharge of upward of $10 billion in frozen funds following the Taliban usurpation of Kabul on Aug 15. Speakers also called for an instant opening of the country’s banking system and altogether, with the United Nations and international banking institutions, relief to Afghanistan. Still, other speakers, including the OIC chairman Hussain Ibrahim Taha, underlined the necessity for the safety of human rights, specifically those of women and girls.



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