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Govt should brief opposition on Afghan situation: Shahid Khaqan Abbasi

According to the former PM of Pakistan, the government should brief the opposition on the current situation in Afghanistan. There needs to be a national consensus to deal with the possible consequences of the crisis for Pakistan.

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As the crisis in Afghanistan unfolds, PPP and PML-N demand a briefing from the government on the situation. The opposition wants the government to come up with a policy statement and develop a national consensus to deal with the possible consequences of the crisis for Pakistan.

“Government should brief opposition and parliamentarians on its policy on the Afghan situation,” Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said while talking to media. According to him, just a debate in the joint sitting of parliament is of no use.

Opposition leaders said they have been requesting the government for a joint session to discuss the Afghan crisis for the last two months. However, the government did not pay any attention.

As a result, the opposition took matters into their own hands. They convened meetings of their own to formulate the parties’ point of view on the Afghanistan situation.

PPP secretary-general Farhatullah Babar said PPP already convened its Central Executive Committee (CEC) meeting a couple of days ago. However, due to the recent fall of Kabul and President Ashraf Ghani fleeing, PPP will again conduct a meeting today. He said the party’s formal position on the situation will come out after the CEC meeting.

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Farhatullah Babar said PPP will hold a thorough and open debate on the issue in the CEC meeting. Former President Asif Ali Zardari will also attend via video link.

As for PML-N, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said that the party is conducting in-house consultations over the events unfolding in Afghanistan. He said party’s supreme leader Nawaz Sharif was also a part of these consultations.

Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said according to PML-N, Pakistan should not become a party in Afghanistan’s internal issues and they should respect the verdict of the people of Afghanistan.

NSC meeting on the Afghan situation

Today PM Khan will conduct an urgent National Security Council (NSC) meeting to discuss the situation in Afghanistan. According to reports, civil and military leadership and high-ranking officials will attend the meeting.

During the meeting, PM Khan will discuss the evolving situation in Afghanistan and possible challenges for Pakistan.

Read more: U.S. ‘really messed it up’ in Afghanistan, says PM Khan

On Sunday, Turkish President Erdogan called PM Khan to review the rapidly evolving situation in Afghanistan.

PM Khan assured that Pakistan was extending facilitation in the evacuation of diplomatic personnel and staff of international organizations and others in Kabul, as requested.

Consequently, the two leaders will again consult after today’s NSC meeting to coordinate their efforts.

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