Information Minister Fawad Chaudhary, at a press conference after the cabinet meeting, said Pakistan expected an influx of Afghan refugees amid the current unrest.
“We are doing everything possible to ensure that the issues in Afghanistan are resolved peacefully. But if the situation deteriorates in Afghanistan, Pakistan will have to bear the burden and we are working on it,” he said.
The minister said that efforts will be made to build camps along the border to prevent displaced Afghans from entering Pakistan.
The statement came as chaos loomed in Afghanistan due to fighting between the Taliban and government forces following the withdrawal of international troops from the war-torn country.
Almost 3 million Afghan refugees have been living in Pakistan, almost half of them illegally. Pakistan has been pushing to send them back, but may face new waves of refugees if Afghanistan plunges into civil war.
Chaudhry also spoke about the unrest in Balochistan province and said that the government was working to hold talks with the aggrieved people, but that no talks would take place with those with ties to those involved in terrorism.
“Of course, the method of addressing them would be different (from those involved in terrorism), but they will soon see that Baluchistan will become the center of peace,” he said.