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Moeed reaffirms need for Afghan-led settlement to crisis

14 Aug, 2021
Dr Mooed Yusuf also told Becky Anderson why Pakistan could not host more Afghan refugees. CNN screen grab
Dr Mooed Yusuf also told Becky Anderson why Pakistan could not host more Afghan refugees. CNN screen grab

National Security Adviser to the Prime Minister Dr Moeed Yusuf on Friday said the Afghan political leadership should focus on political settlement of Afghanistan issue, instead of creating Twitter trends.

He said this in an interview to CNN's program Connect the World hosted by Becky Anderson and was speaking about a press conference he recently held about the campaign against Pakistan on Twitter.

“According to analytical report which showed 65% was Bot (robotic activity on social media) activity and the rest was through Indian and Afghan official accounts which perpetrated the above mentioned hashtag campaign.”

He then spoke about Pakistan's role building a peaceful Afghanistan yet the world community's constant scapegoating of their efforts.

“Pakistanis feel ashamed when they are asked to do more despite doing all what they could do for the Afghans," he said. "Prime Minister Imran Khan was the only leader who said for the past 15 years, there was no armed solution to Afghan conflict rather political resolution will restore peace in the war torn region.”

He said Afghan people, their government, Taliban and other political actors needed to find a resolution to their problems themselves, adding that “Pakistan will remain partner in peace and not in conflict."

He also said it was difficult for Pakistan to host refugees given they did not receive support in the past for a peaceful repatriation process.

“We do not have the capacity to entertain more refugees and such situation should be avoided leading to massive refugee outflow from Afghanistan impacting Pakistan.”