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US must engage with Taliban or face chaos, warns PM Khan

The Premier was giving an interview to the foreign media outlet, Middle East Eye (MEE) and said that US has to “pull itself together” and deliver an aid package to Afghanistan or face the collapse of a country which would become a haven for Islamic State militants.

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Islamabad: Prime Minister Imran Khan has warned against sanctioning the new Afghan setup saying it will only lead to chaos and a huge humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan. 

The Premier was giving an interview to the foreign media outlet, Middle East Eye (MEE) and said that US has to “pull itself together” and deliver an aid package to Afghanistan or face the collapse of a country which would become a haven for Islamic State militants.

“Unless America takes the lead, we are worried that there will be chaos in Afghanistan and we will be most affected by that,” he added.

“It’s a really critical time and the US has to pull itself together because people in the US is in a state of shock,” he said in the interview.

The Premier further added, “They were imagining some sort of democracy, nation-building or liberated women, and suddenly they find the Taliban are back”.

While speaking on the 20th anniversary of the US invasion of Afghanistan, khan said that isolating and sanctioning Taliban will create huge humanitarian crisis so the United States has to pull it together and take the lead otherwise Pakistan is worried that chaos in Afghanistan will affect us most.

Khan said, “The world must engage with Afghanistan because if it pushes it away, within the Taliban movement there are hardliners, and it could easily go back to the Taliban of 2000 and that would be a disaster”.

Asked whether Pakistan would allow the US to launch strikes targeting ISIS in Afghanistan from Pakistan, Imran Khan once again made it clear that Pakistan does not need to be part of a conflict again. He said Pakistan has paid a heavy price both human and material in the war on terrorism.

Indian-administered Kashmir an open prison

Cricketer-turned-politician accused his counterpart Narendra Modi, the Indian prime minister, of copying Israel’s playbook by allowing settlers to acquire land in the disputed territory of Kashmir.

Khan termed the Indian-administered Kashmir as an ‘open prison’. 

“India had also benefited from a deepening strategic and military relationship with Israel, forged by Modi’s visit to the country in July 2017, and by then-Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's return visit to India the following year - after decades of diplomatic estrangement,” he added.

Khan further added that the relationship has included the joint development by Israel Aerospace Industries and Indian contractors of the Barak-8 aerial defence system for use by both countries’ militaries, which was described by Indian Defence Minister Rajnath Singh last month as a “game-changer”.

“Whatever the UN general assembly says, they have complete confidence in the veto the US has in the Security Council. So they get away with anything. And I feel that India feels [it has immunity] because they are being used as a bulwark against China,” said Khan.

Former cricketer stressed that both countries have fought three wars since independence in 1947. 

Prime Minister Imran Khan has called on the world to refrain from pushing away the Taliban-led government in Afghanistan, adding that it would send the country back a couple of decades.

Women’s rights rolled back

The Premier stressed that the only obstacle to entering government was members of what he called the previous regime, which he accused of corruption.

One of the first things Zabiullah Mujahid, the Taliban’s spokesman, did after the fall of Kabul was to assure Afghan women that our sisters and our men have the same rights.

“If you force them [Taliban], I can imagine that human nature is such that they will push back and that would be counterproductive,” he added.

India controls world cricket 

When questioned about England Cricket Board's (ECB) decision to withdraw their 5-day Pakistan tour, Imran Khan said, "England let itself down".

The prime minister said that he had seen the evolution of Pakistan-England cricket ties over the years. 

"I think that there is still this feeling in England that that they do a great favour to play countries like Pakistan," adding that one of the reasons is money (Financial status).

"Money is a big player now, for the players, as well as for the cricket boards,” he stressed.

“The money lies in India, so basically it controls world cricket now,” he further stated. 

Prime Minister further added that no one would dare do that to India because they know that the sums involved and India can produce much more money.

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COVID-19: Pakistan sees significant decline in deaths, logs 663 new cases in 24 hours

According to National Command and Operations Center (NCOC), around 663 cases of coronavirus were reported while 11 people succumbed to the disease in the last 24 hours, taking the total death toll to 28,280.

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COVID-19: Pakistan sees significant decline in deaths, logs 663 new cases in 24 hours

Islamabad: Amid a steady decline in Covid-19 infections, Pakistan's coronavirus positivity ratio further fell to 1.66% with 663 new cases.

According to National Command and Operations Center (NCOC), around 663 cases of coronavirus were reported while 11 people succumbed to the disease in the last 24 hours, taking the total death toll to 28,280.

Pakistan is presently experiencing the fourth wave of coronavirus which is said to be deadlier and more contagious than the previous three COVID waves.

The total number of cases has reached 1,265,047.

As many as 1,210,897 patients have recovered from the disease with 2,280 critical cases.

Punjab

The number of patients swelled to 437,974 in the province with 12,849 causalities.

Sindh

The number of infections has surged to 465,819 in the province, while the death toll has reached 7,530.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

The confirmed cases have surged to 176,886 in the province with 5,686 casualties.

Balochistan

There are 33,128 confirmed cases while 352 patients have died from the infection so far.

AJK and Gilgit-Baltistan

There are 34,402 coronavirus cases in the AJK while the death toll has reached 740. On the other hand, there are 10,369 cases in GB with 186 coronavirus deaths.

Islamabad

There are 106,469 cases in the capital city while 937 people have lost their lives.  

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17 more succumb to COVID-19 in Pakistan, toll at 28,269

Pakistan is presently experiencing the fourth wave of coronavirus which is said to be deadlier and more contagious than the previous three COVID waves.

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17 more succumb to COVID-19 in Pakistan, toll at 28,269

Islamabad: The novel coronavirus claimed 17 more lives in Pakistan during the previous 24 hours, raising the death toll to 28,269.

Pakistan is presently experiencing the fourth wave of coronavirus which is said to be deadlier and more contagious than the previous three COVID waves.

According to National Command and Operations Center (NCOC), around 720 cases of coronavirus were reported while 17 people succumbed to the disease in the last 24 hours, taking the total death toll to 28,269.

The total number of cases has reached 1,262,771.

As many as 1,194,590 patients have recovered from the disease with 1,958 critical cases.

Punjab

The number of patients swelled to 437,316 in the province with 12,821 causalities.

Sindh

The number of infections has surged to 464,746 in the province, while the death toll has reached 7,520.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

The confirmed cases have surged to 176,501 in the province with 5,673 casualties.

Balochistan

There are 33,108 confirmed cases while 352 patients have died from the infection so far.

AJK and Gilgit-Baltistan

There are 34,380 coronavirus cases in the AJK while the death toll has reached 740. On the other hand, there are 10,363 cases in GB with 186 coronavirus deaths.

Islamabad

There are 106,357 cases in the capital city while 936 people have lost their lives.

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COVID-19: Pakistan sees significant decline in daily fatalities

Pakistan on Monday saw a sharp decline in fatalities from the coronavirus, registering 27 fatalities over the past 24 hours, down from 34 a day earlier, according to the country’s Health Ministry.

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COVID-19: Pakistan sees significant decline in daily fatalities

Islamabad: Pakistan on Monday saw a sharp decline in fatalities from the coronavirus, registering 27 fatalities over the past 24 hours, down from 34 a day earlier, according to the country’s Health Ministry.

Pakistan is presently experiencing the fourth wave of coronavirus which is said to be deadlier and more contagious than the previous three COVID waves. Today, the daily positivity rate in-country is at 2.84%.

According to National Command and Operations Center (NCOC), around 1,490 cases of coronavirus were reported while 27 people succumbed to the disease in the last 24 hours, taking the total death toll to 27,893.

The total number of cases has reached 1,251,348.

As many as 1,177,249 patients have recovered from the disease with 3,407 critical cases.

Punjab  

The number of patients swelled to 433,286 in the province with 12,685 causalities.

Sindh

The number of infections has surged to 460,111 in the province, while the death toll has reached 7,427.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

The confirmed cases have surged to 174,671 in the province with 5,580 casualties.

Balochistan

There are 32,981 confirmed cases while 349 patients have died from the infection so far.

AJK and Gilgit-Baltistan

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Islamabad

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