Pakistani Prime Minister calls for international support for Taliban-led Afghan government

Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan speaks to The Associated Press, in Islamabad, Pakistan, Monday, March 16, 2020. Khan said Monday he fears the new coronavirus will devastate developing nations' economies, and warned richer economies to prepare to write off the debts of the world's poorer countries. In the interview he also called for an end to sanctions on Iran saying they were crippling the poor nation's ability to even contain the spread of the coronavirus. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms. For some it can cause more severe illness. (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash)

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has called on the international community to support the Taliban-led government of Afghanistan to prevent the humanitarian crisis in the country, it was reported on Saturday.

“Right now the whole international community should think what is the way ahead. There are two paths that we can take. If we neglect Afghanistan right now, according to the UN half the people of Afghanistan are already vulnerable, and by next year almost 90% of the people in Afghanistan will go below the poverty line. There is a huge humanitarian crisis looming ahead. And this will have serious repercussions not just for the neighbors of Afghanistan but everywhere,” Khan said on late Friday addressing the UN General Assembly, as quoted by the Nation newspaper.

From the prime minister’s point of view, further destabilization of Afghanistan would turn the country into a safe haven for terrorists.