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Karzai reacts to Imran Khan’s speech, says Afghanistan won’t need foreign manpower

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KABUL: Former President Hamid Karzai has taken a tough line on Pakistani prime minister’s remarks vis-a-vis sending foreign experts to advance Afghanistan’s cause in preventing human suffering. He said there is no need for foreigners as Afghanistan already has highly educated cadres who can do the job.

Chairing the third meeting of the Apex Committee on Afghanistan, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday directed relevant authorities to “explore bilateral cooperation with friendly countries” to avert a looming humanitarian crisis in the neighbouring state by exporting qualified and trained manpower, especially in the fields of medical, IT, finance and accounting.

In return, former President Hamid Karzai appreciated Pakistani government for its proposal to send foreign experts, including Pakistani experts, to Afghanistan but said that “Afghanistan has professional and highly educated experts in every field, including hundreds of thousands of young men and women inside and outside the country, so there is no need for experts to come from abroad”.

He also called on the Taliban administration to facilitate job opportunities and employ young experts and also ease the return of Afghans and professionals currently living in exile, “so that our beloved country can be built with the powerful arms of its own children.”

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