Pakistan has received praise from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for providing “exceptional assistance” in the evacuation of its staff from Kabul after the Taliban seized control of the Afghan capital last week.
IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva posted a Tweet thanking Prime Minister Imran Khan “for Pakistan’s exceptional assistance in very difficult circumstances!”
She added that Pakistan’s efforts were “absolutely critical to the safe and swift evacuation of IMF staff and their families from Afghanistan.”
Pakistan has been participating in evacuations of diplomatic staff, employees of international agencies and foreign journalists from Afghanistan. It has also been issuing visas on an emergency basis.
Pakistan’s Ambassador to the United Nations Munir Akram told CNN that the Pakistani embassy in Kabul was open and processing visa applications of those eligible to travel, while the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) was operating multiple flights. As many as 1,100 people had been evacuated, he said, adding that officials hoped to evacuate at 500-600 people each day.”
Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi had complained to Al Jazeera Pakistan’s evacuation missions were not being acknowledged by the international community.
“Are we being acknowledged? No,” he said. “We are not even being mentioned in the list of countries that are helping evacuate people.”