Afghanistan: Pakistan are 'biggest victims' says minister
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Information and broadcasting minister for Pakistan Fawad Chaudhry argued Pakistan was the biggest victim of the Taliban as he rejected claims the country has been working with the group. NGO Human Rights Watch claims trucks have travelled between Pakistan and Afghanistan since 2001 which carry weapons to help support the Taliban and Pakistan have helped train and bankroll members. Mr Chaudhry was asked whether these concerns were behind the decision to exclude them from an emergency United Nation meeting on Afghanistan to which he bluntly stated the decision was down to India who chaired the meeting and has had a bad relationship with Pakistan.
Speaking on Sky News, Mr Chaudhry was asked whether Pakistan’s exclusion from an emergency UN council meeting was down to “scepticism” of the country’s relationship with the Taliban.
Colonel Richard Kemp, a former British Commander, said during a virtual conference that Pakistan “created the Taliban, funded the Taliban and supported the Taliban”.
He adds many weapons the Taliban used were acquired in Pakistan through black markets but their rise would spell problems for neighbouring countries.
Mr Chaudhry addressed these concerns and said India was to blame for the exclusion, hinting towards the bad blood between the two nations.
He added: “Well, frankly, the reason that Pakistan has not been invited to the United Nations Security Council is that India is hosting the UNSC.
“Under [the UN Charter], any country who is affected by any events in the country has the right to speak in UNSC.
“And is unfortunate that Pakistan which is the most affected of this decade [of conflict] has not been invited.
“It’s the loss of the United Nations and loss of the people concerned…
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“The United Nations Security Council actually loses its importance when it doesn’t invite Pakistan, it is not Pakistan’s.”
The presidency of the UNSC has fallen to India who chaired a recent emergency meeting on Afghanistan.
However, Pakistani UN Permanent Representative Munir Akram said India had blocked Pakistan and other neighbouring countries from speaking at the meeting.
Many in the west are concerned about countries getting close to the Taliban, including Pakistan and China.
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In July, Chinese delegates met with Taliban representatives to discuss future plans as China moves to accept the group as the leaders of Afghanistan.
Mr Chaudhry then addressed concerns Pakistan may be too close to the Taliban, hence their exclusion from speaking at the UN about their takeover.
He explained: “Pakistan is the biggest victim of this whole story, we have [thousands of fatalities], we have lost billions of dollars in this whole regime.
“Osama bin Laden was caught here in Pakistan but then just look at the contributions Pakistan has made to this war…
“We are actually the ones who have suffered the most.”
It was then pointed out to Mr Chaudhry that it was more like the Afghan people who have suffered the most under 20 years of hostilities.
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