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If the Taliban comes to power, Pakistan will close Afghan border

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Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has said that Pakistan would close the border if the Taliban returned to power in Afghanistan. At the same time, he fears that the withdrawal of US troops could lead to a resurgence of violence and anarchy in Afghanistan. The influential Pakistani minister said this at a weekly media briefing in Multan on Sunday.

Shah Mahmood Qureshi said Pakistan had already accepted 3.5 million Afghan refugees. Can't take more than that.

"We can no longer take in (Afghan refugees), we have to close the border," he said. We must ensure the protection of our national interests.

The Pakistani minister further said that Pakistan would continue its diplomatic efforts for peace in Afghanistan and would welcome a democratically elected government in the country.

After the withdrawal of Soviet troops in 1989, millions of Afghans fled to Pakistan due to sectarian clashes.

The Taliban ruled Afghanistan until it was overthrown by US forces. The US military launched a military operation in Afghanistan in 2001 following the 9/11 attacks. Almost 20 years later, current US President Joe Biden announced the withdrawal of all troops from the country by September 11 this year.

However, despite the withdrawal of US troops and the Afghan-Taliban peace talks in Doha, the capital of Qatar, there has been widespread violence in Afghanistan in recent days. In the last few weeks, many people, both public and private, have lost their lives.

The Taliban currently control parts of Afghanistan. If the peace talks succeed, they are expected to become part of the Afghan government again.

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