Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said on Sunday that violence and anarchy could arise in Afghanistan after the US withdrawal and that Pakistan would close the border with the country if the Taliban took control of it. Qureshi said that Pakistan has already given asylum to 3.5 million Afghans, but will no longer accept more refugees. He was speaking at a weekly press conference in central Multan city.
“We cannot take in more refugees, we will close our border,” he said. We have to protect our national interests. Qureshi said Pakistan will continue its diplomatic efforts for peace in the country and will continue to welcome its democratically elected leadership. After the withdrawal of the then Soviet Union in 1989, millions of Afghans fled to Pakistan due to mutual fighting between Mujahideen groups.
After the September 11, 2001 attacks in the US, a US-led coalition overthrew the Taliban from power in Afghanistan. In recent weeks, Taliban fighters have captured various districts in southern and northern Afghanistan. At the same time, he is making efforts to surrender the government security forces and seize their weapons and military vehicles.