ISLAMABAD: On Saturday, Prime Minister Imran Khan again called on the international community to provide immediate humanitarian aid to millions of Afghans facing impending famine.
In a tweet, the Prime Minister also recalled that providing immediate aid to impoverished Afghanistan was also mandatory under the principle of Responsibility to Protect (R2P) unanimously adopted by the United Nations.
“There is an urgency for the international community, together with its obligation under the principle of responsibility to protect (R2P) unanimously adopted, to provide immediate humanitarian assistance to millions of Afghans on the brink of starvation.” , the Prime Minister said on Twitter, a popular social media platform.
The Prime Minister also tagged a report published in Britain’s Guardian newspaper, containing excerpts from an article written by former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown to British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss, calling on her to help summon a donors’ conference to raise $4.5bn (£3.3bn) for Afghanistan.
Brown, in his article, warned that more than 23 million people were at risk of starvation if aid did not materialize.
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The former UK prime minister said: ‘We are witnessing a shameful but also self-defeating failure to prevent starvation’, adding that the UK should urgently take the lead in resuming the delivery of dramatically interrupted aid after the Taliban announced their government.
United Nations agencies had appealed for $4.5 billion in aid for 2022, its largest international appeal ever. The United States responded with a donation of $308 million, to be channeled through independent humanitarian organizations.
Brown said that was not enough. “The US-led coalition of 35 countries that has ruled Afghanistan for 20 years under the banner of helping the Afghan people has yet donated just a quarter of the money that would allow humanitarians to UN to prevent child deaths this winter.
Brown further wrote that he had written to Truss and the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, asking them to organize an international donors’ conference “in January or at the latest in February” to get out of the dead end.