Pakistan facing difficulties in providing aid to Taliban: Report


Islamabad: Pakistan is facing difficulties in providing technical, financial, and specialist support to Afghanistan due to a lack of international recognition to the Taliban government. This was said in a media report on Wednesday.

A meeting chaired by Economic Affairs Minister Omar Ayub Khan on Tuesday discussed various options for supporting the new Afghan administration, Dawn newspaper reported. The meeting came amid reports that the war-torn country was facing a serious food crisis. But the main challenge is how to do this without the Afghan government being recognized by the world.

National Food Security and Research Minister Syed Fakhar Imam, National Security Advisor Mueed Yusuf, State Bank of Pakistan Governor Dr. Raza Baqir, Chairman of Water and Power Development Authority retired Lt. Gen. Muzammil attended the meeting called to discuss economic cooperation with Afghanistan. Hussain and other senior officials attended.

Reliable sources told the newspaper that the meeting was told that the major challenge for the Afghan government is to fill the gap created by the departure of a large number of technical and financial experts immediately after the withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan. Due to a lack of experts in premier institutions especially technical and financial institutions, essential services like electricity, medical and financial facilities are not functioning smoothly. Ayub emphasized the need for bilateral economic assistance in the context of the current situation in Afghanistan.

A statement quoting the minister said that the government seeks to help the people of Afghanistan in meeting their socio-economic challenges. “There is an urgent need for technical and financial support on humanitarian grounds to save the lives and livelihoods of the Afghan people,” he said. Imam said the reports of 14 million Afghans facing a serious food crisis are worrying.