Monday, in a press conference, Interior Minister Sheikh Rasheed said it is good if the Taliban wants to join China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).
“It is a good thing if they have decided [to join CPEC],” Sheikh Rasheed said.
While talking to the media, Sheikh Rasheed said CPEC is the economic pinnacle of Pak-China friendship. The friendship is greater than the Himalayan peaks.
“Pakistan is proud of its friendship with China,” the Minister said. “It is a good thing if the Taliban think the same,” he further added.
Earlier, the Taliban’s spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid stated that CPEC is a useful project and the Taliban will cooperate in every way.
CPEC is a useful project, we will cooperate in every way IEA spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid described the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor as a useful project for the whole of #Asia and #Afghanistan. He said Afghanistan was committed to implementing its part of the project pic.twitter.com/eDR9TxlQoW
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According to the Taliban, Afghanistan needs development and investment. The Taliban even said that China is their most important strategic partner. Moreover, as per news reports, China stated that it will keep its embassy in Afghanistan open and “beef up” relations
In the press conference, Sheikh Rasheed highlighted the political reality of Afghanistan. He said Afghanistan is Pakistan’s neighbor and it is a reality. The two countries’ prosperity co-relates. He also reiterated Pakistan’s bid for a peaceful Afghanistan.
To boost relations, the Taliban and Pakistan assured that the countries’ land would not be used for launching terror attacks on each other.
As for BLA, Daesh, and other terror groups within the country, Sheikh Rasheed said Pakistan Army has the complete capability to deal with them.
India faced the worst defeat: Sheikh Rasheed
Sheikh Rasheed also pointed out India’s “defeat” in Afghanistan. He said from August 15, the day of the Taliban takeover, till September 6th, “India fell to its knees.” He also talked about how Pakistan defeated India’s mission on September 6. The entire credit goes to Pakistan’s Army.
“India has a stomach ache,” Sheikh Rasheed said. The Minister was pointing out Indian media’s coverage of DG ISI Lt. Faiz Hameed.
Lt-Gen Faiz Hameed, visited Kabul on Saturday, the first visit by a senior Pakistani official since the Afghan capital fell to the Taliban.
The Indian media obsessively began covering the news. As a result, Sheikh Rasheed poked fun at India.
“It is as if Faiz Hameed went to Delhi!” he added. “Other agencies from different countries also went to Afghanistan. India just wants to internally damage Pakistan.”