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Imran Khan Warns of Consequences If Afghanistan Does Not Form Interim Government

Imran Khan Warns of Consequences If Afghanistan Does Not Form Interim Government

ISLAMABAD – Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday repeated his call for interim government in Afghanistan, as he warned of rejection of election results and anarchy without it.
Khan made the comments less than two weeks after he said that Kabul should set up an interim government to help smooth peace talks with the Taliban. Afghanistan recalled its ambassador in protest at what it described as “irresponsible” remarks.
Addressing a rally in Jamrud town of Khyber region, Khan said that his statement on Afghan interim government was a brotherly advice, not interference.
He recalled Pakistan’s experience of election in 1977 following which, he said, was followed with anarchy and martial law.
“As a brother, we are telling our brother that if you want to achieve peace with election, then our experience says that hold it under such an interim government that would be considered as a neutral umpire so that its results are accepted,” Khan said addressing a rally in Jamrud town in Khyber region.
“If election results are not accepted, then anarchy would restart and it would affect the Afghan people themselves and we Pakistan would be disturbed as well,” Khan said.
He said that peace in Afghanistan would benefit people of both Afghanistan and Pakistan, as he cited trade.
“Therefore, we are giving a brotherly advice to Afghan people and government, don’t take it if you don’t want it,” Khan said. “It is not interference, it is an advice.”
Kabul summoned Pakistan embassy’s counselor and once again expressed objection to Khan’s remarks.
Sibghatullah Ahmadi, a spokesperson for Afghan foreign ministry, said that the remarks were explicit interference in internal affairs of Afghanistan. He said that Kabul demands explanation from Pakistani government over the remarks.
(Sahar News)

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