By: Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Foreign Minister of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan

The World needs to come together to help Afghanistan prevent an economic meltdown..

After suffering for decades, Afghanistan is at a historic cross-roads, where it can finally end the cycles of conflict and instability, or descend into state failure which would bring untold misery to its people and affect the region. After Afghanistan itself, Pakistan has suffered the most from the Afghan imbroglio.

We have endured 80,000 casualties. We have incurred economic losses to the tune of over $ 150 billion and still continue to host approximately four million refugees. That is akin to adding the population of a small country to that of Pakistan. But we remained steadfast. We never had the option or inclination, simply, to walk away. As an immediate neighbour we do not have the luxury to disengage.

Pakistan has kept its Embassy and Consulates in…

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