India’s discomfort over ISI DG’s Kabul visit is obvious, says Sheikh Rasheed
Predicts possible emergence of new bloc in the region: Says no desire to become Punjab chief minister
He said the faces of Indians were grim and off-colour when they were evacuated from Afghanistan. “Why, because India had suffered a humiliating defeat in Afghanistan,” he maintained.
Sheikh Rasheed, as usual, predicted that it is possible that a new bloc of countries may emerge in the world. “This region is going to change. Afghanistan’s stability is out stability,” he further said.
“The evacuation of foreigners from Afghanistan is not our job. It’s up to the Taliban and Kabul,” he said, adding “Formation of government is Taliban’s job as Pakistan has nothing to do with the politics in Afghanistan.”
The minister Prime Minister Imran Khan will decide when to recognize the Taliban government. “We are with the international community and everyone is watching what’s happening in Afghanistan. We want to side with the world as well as want to help in establishing a peaceful and stable Afghanistan,” he elaborated.
He said about 10,000 foreigners had evacuated from Afghanistan to Pakistan and then they left for their respective countries from the airports. “They did not enter Pakistan,” he added.
He further said foreigners who have complete documents can enter Pakistan from Afghanistan, and Islamabad will help in their evacuation.
The interior minister made it clear that no Afghan refugee came to Pakistan.
No desire for chief ministership
Responding to a question, Sheikh Rasheed averred he neither has the thinking nor a desire to become a chief minister of Punjab. "I only can work in a ministry,” he added.
Reporter Jahanzeb Afridi