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Power should be shared to prevent civil war in Afghanistan: Mahmud Quraishi

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Najibullah Lalzoy
Najibullah Lalzoy
Najibullah Lalzoy is a journalist and editor at Khaama Press. He has a BA degree in journalism.
Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Pakistan’s foreign minister, speaks during a news conference with Richard Holbrooke, the U.S. special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan, unseen, at the Foreign Ministry in Islamabad, Pakistan, on Wednesday, Jan 13, 2010. The U.S. will help upgrade Pakistani energy projects, Qureshi said after talks in Islamabad with Holbrooke. Photographer: Asad Zaidi/Bloomberg *** Local Caption *** Richard Holbrooke; Shah Mahmood Qureshi

The foreign minister of Pakistan Shah Mahmoud Quraishi in the international relations committee of the senate said that Pakistan recommends the mechanism of power-sharing in Afghanistan so as to prevent civil war.

Quraishi has reiterated his concern about the potential flow of refugees into Pakistan in case another civil war erupts in neighboring Afghanistan.

Roundabout 3 million Afghan refugees currently live in Pakistan who was forced to leave Afghanistan during the civil war in the 90s the number which Quraishi deems to be sufficient and his country cannot afford more.

Pakistani foreign minister’s concerns and remarks concerning possible mass displacement of Afghan people come at a time when Afghan government forces members too crossed borders into neighboring countries in the north of Afghanistan.

Quraishi has said that the flow of Afghan refugees is a grave matter of concern not only to Pakistan but also for Iran in the west which will confront a storm of asylees as Pakistan.

The Afghan government has not commented on his remarks yet but Pakistan parliament member and key member of Pashtoon Tahafuz Movement (PTM) Mohsin Dawar in his Facebook post said that Mahmoud Quraishi seems to be a minister of the Taliban than of Pakistan.

Dawar has said that Quraishi has never articulated positively about the government of Afghanistan.

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