THE world has to come together to help Afghanistan prevent an economic meltdown.
After suffering for decades, the beleaguered country is at a historic crossroads, 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 the aforementioned, 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, yet still continue to host approximately 4 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 neighbor, we do not have the luxury to disengage.
My country has kept its embassy and consulates in Afghanistan open. Our national flag carrier, Pakistan International Airlines, has braved all…