Shehryar Khan Afridi, Federal Minister for Narcotics Control and SAFRON, said on Thursday that Pakistan is always ready to help its neighbor country Afghanistan.
At a meeting, Afridi said that Pakistan has made great sacrifices for peace and prosperity in the region and continues to do so. The only thing that Pakistan asks of a good neighbor is respect, respect for its national flag and its armed forces.
He said that the Afghan government has a responsibility to ensure that Afghan land is not used in any way against Pakistan.
“Our children died but we did not allow any aggression against Afghanistan from our borders, we have taken in their refugees and remained their providers for over three decades, other countries where refugees have taken asylum have changed their policies and tones completely, not us, we welcomed them and housed them with open arms,” said the Minister.
“We have sacrificed our all, even divided the bite our children take everyday into multiple portions so that we could aid the hungry and impoverished, those who lost their all and found shelter in Pakistan,” he continued.
Afridi also said that the government has allowed Afghan nationals residing inside Pakistan to open bank accounts in their name to facilitate transaction to their loved ones back in the war torn country.
The minister has expressed his strong determination that Pakistan and Afghanistan are now united and no power on earth can separate them.
Touching upon refugee repatriation, Afridi said: “We will not force anyone out from our country, those who want to leave can do so voluntarily.”
To conclude, he said, countries have given up enough to advance prosperity and are on track to progress after years of hard work and dedication.
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27 September, 2019