The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.

Afghanistan seeking good relations with Pakistan’s new government

Now that the Muslim League Nawaz Party has formed a coalition with the Pakistan People’s Party, whose leaders have been in power for years and each of them had their policy towards Afghanistan, especially the Islamic Emirate, it is time that both Afghanistan and Pakistan governments go for improvement of bilateral relations. Pakistan’s previous interim government in a significant move in regional immigration policies had initiated the deportation of over 1.7 million undocumented Afghan immigrants in November 2023. The United Nations and the International Rescue Committee have said that nearly half a million Afghans have been forcibly returned to Afghanistan from Pakistan in the past few months alone.Despite calls from various international organizations and the Islamic Emirate urging Pakistan to halt the forced deportations, the then-Pakistan interim government persisted in its policy, disregarding the appeals from all sides. In response to the unfolding crisis, organizations such as the World Food Program and Afghanistan’s respective administrations have then announced aid initiatives for returning refugees, seeking to alleviate the challenges faced by those forcibly repatriated. The intention of expulsion and forced deportation of Afghan refugees from Pakistan has faced Afghans with an uncertain future, which is completely unjustified and resulted in deprivation. Apart from being inhumane, this expulsion has been also contrary to the ties of brotherhood that Pakistan claims binds the Afghans with its own people. Now that Pakistan has a newly-elected government, it is time that it somehow addresses the problems facing Afghan refugees in the country. the Islamic Emirate has also emphasized maintaining relations with Pakistan, saying that it is a necessity to have improved relations with all its neighboring countries, The spokesperson of the Islamic Emirate, Zabihullah Mujahid, has urged the new government of Pakistan to show flexibility towards the deportation of Afghan refugees. “First, the Islamic Emirate has always sought good relations with all its neighbors, including Pakistan, where a new government has emerged. Afghanistan also needs good relations with Pakistan. “We want Pakistan to make good progress in various sectors with Afghanistan and ask the future government to solve all its problems,” said the IEA spokesperson. Last year, the Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar-led caretaker government of Pakistan announced its decision to expel 1.1 million foreigners mostly Afghans illegally residing in Pakistan. Afghanistan’s Prime Minister Mullah Mohammad Hasan Akhund also called for an end to what he termed the “cruel attitude of the Pakistan government authorities” towards the Afghan refugees, saying such actions created more problems rather than finding solutions to issues. Regarding migrants, the Islamic Emirate has repeatedly asked Pakistan to be flexible. The Pakistan authorities have been urged repeatedly that they should consider Afghanistan’s relations with Pakistan until the migrants return. The Islamic Emirate has also called for Pakistan’s attention to various issues including expanding relations, addressing challenges faced by the Afghan traders and matters related to the Durand Line. Muqset

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The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.