South Asia

Pakistan’s PM says issues will start to settle down once ‘legitimate govt’ establishes in Kabul

Pakistan’s caretaker Prime Minister Anwaarul Haq Kakar on Wednesday defended the deportation of undocumented Afghan immigrants, saying that issues would begin to settle once “a legitimate government” is established in Kabul.

After the fall of the republic government in Kabul in August 2021, no country, including Pakistan, so far has recognized the Taliban regime in Afghanistan.

Kakar made the remarks at the Margalla Dialogue, organized by the Islamabad Policy Research Institute, with the theme “Evolving World Environment: Chartering the Course for our Future.”

He acknowledged non-state actors posing a security threat to Pakistan.

“I hope that the governance challenge in Afghanistan, the recent transformation, gets settled because it is pivotal for us as far as our connectivity with Central Asia is concerned. This is a wholesome region, and this region has historical connectivity, socially, culturally with one another,” Kakar remarked.

These statements come amid Pakistan’s recent deportation of over 327,000 migrants in the past two weeks, marking a significant move to expel undocumented immigrants.