We have arrived at a rare moment of hope for Afghanistan
and for our region, says Prime Minister Imran Khan.
He wrote an opinion piece for the Washington Times published on September 26.
“With the exception of the resilient Afghans themselves, no
people have paid a higher price for the conflict in Afghanistan than the people
of Pakistan. Through decades of conflict, Pakistan has dealt with the
responsibility of taking care of more than four million Afghan refugees. Guns
and drugs have also flowed into our country. The wars have disrupted our
economic trajectory and radicalized fringes of our own society. The Pakistan I
had known growing up in the 1960s and 1970s changed in some deeply unsettling
He said the experience taught Pakistan two important
lessons: we are too closely intertwined with Afghanistan not to cast a shadow
on Pakistan, and peace and political stability in Afghanistan cannot