Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday said that it is a mistake to think that someone from outside can give Afghan women their rights, saying that the women in the neighbouring country are strong and the international community should give them time and they will get their rights themselves.
In an interview with CNN, he said women should have the ability in society to fulfil their potential in life but you cannot impose women’s rights from abroad in Afghanistan.
“I feel very strongly that it is a mistake that someone from outside will give Afghan women rights,” he added.
‘Push them in the right direction’
PM Imran said that the international community should incentivise the Taliban rather than thinking that we can control them. “Afghanistan’s current government clearly feels that without international aid and help, they will not be able to end the crisis… we should push them in the right direction.”
He said that no one can predict where Afghanistan goes from here and one can only hope and pray that they get peace after 40 years of war.
“Taliban have said that they want an inclusive government, they want women rights in their own context, they want human rights, they’ve given amnesty… so far what they’ve said clearly [indicates] they want international acceptability,” he added.
The premier said that it is a “fallacy” to think that Afghanistan can be controlled from the outside. “They have a history… no puppet government in Afghanistan is supported by its people, it gets discredit amongst the people.”
PM Imran said the neighbouring country was on a historic crossroads, adding that if the government in Afghanistan can work towards an inclusive government and get all the factions together, the war-torn country could have peace after 40 years. However, he added, if it goes wrong, the country could go to chaos, the biggest humanitarian crisis and terrorism from its soil.
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