Pakistan’s Afghanistan Evacuation


Pakistan is the focal point and centre of attention with regards to global evacuation efforts for the Western diplomats and other staff from Afghanistan. Therefore, Islamabad Airport has turn out to be nucleus of evacuation progression. In the last few days, the Airport has provided passage to more than 20,000 evacuees soon after the hold of Taliban. As soon as the evacuation process seems to be winding down, a fresh attempt is on its way to transport humanitarian supplies to Afghanistan. It is also revealed by some of the media outlets that World Food Programme (WFP) has already submitted their appeal to Pakistan for the support. On the other hand in the past few weeks, quite a lot of world leaders have contacted Pakistan through telephone calls to Prime Minister Imran Khan and Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi again with an appeal to help them out in the evacuation process. They also expressed their admiration of Pakistan’s support to the world in the evacuation process and efforts for peaceful Afghanistan. It is also expected that German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas may pay an imperative visit to Pakistan soon. Previously on August 15, Taliban apprehended Kabul two weeks earlier the deadline of the removal of US troops from the country. The situation in Afghanistan abruptly triggered a signal of panic among foreigners as well some locals, who rushed to Kabul airport. Earlier the US forces were coordinating international flights from the Hamid Karzai International Airport as well as their own military flights for evacuation of the passengers from the country. Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) also remained operational for special flights as part of the evacuation assignment. The Taliban are commemorating their return to power after they have taken charge of Kabul airport subsequent to the departure of the last US troops from Afghanistan. They are of the view that Afghanistan is now a liberated and sovereign nation. In this entire scenario the role of Pakistan with regards to evacuation process and provision of humanitarian aid will be remembered forever.

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