KABUL (Pajhwok): At least 28 people were killed and injured in Afghanistan last week, while UNSC extended UNAMA’s mission in Afghanistan for another year, saying the organization is working to gain international status for Kabul.
Last week’s major developments:
- UN Security Council extends UNAMA mission in Afghanistan for another year.
- United Nations works for gaining Afghanistan international status.
- International conference convened to raise humanitarian assistance.
- Afghanistan Ministry of Foreign Affairs appoints new envoy to Turkmenistan.
- Afghan embassy and consulate closed in US
- Japan provides$3 million in assistance to Afghanistan.
- Commission to encourage Afghans to return home.
- Last week, 28 people suffered casualties in Afghanistan.
At 21 people were killed and seven others were injured in Afghanistan last week. The death toll does not include casualties caused by natural disasters.
According to reports, a civilian was shot dead by security personnel in Chamkani district of Paktia province, while unidentified gunmen killed a police commander and a soldier of previous administration in Khas Uruzgan district of Uruzgan province. A security officer of Shahrak district of Ghor province was killed by another security officer.
A man killed his wife in Qala-i-Naw, the capital of Badghis, a man was killed in Ferozkoh, the capital of Ghor, a former government soldier was killed in Herat and a man was killed in Khan Charbagh district of Faryab province.
Reports show that a grenade was hurled into a house in Nawzad district of Helmand province, killing one person and injuring four others and a man was found dead in Garmsir district of the province. A man was shot dead by unidentified gunmen in Farah city, capital of Farah province, and a money changer was shot dead by unknown gunmen in Kabul.
A woman was killed by unknown gunmen in MahmodRaqi, capital of Kapisa province, a man was killed in Dasht-i-Kala district of Takhar, and a person was killed in front of his shop and two others were wounded in Zaranj, capital of Nimroz. A person was killed in Khenj district of Panjshir and another in Pul-i-Alam, capital of Logar province last week.
A bomb blast in Shawalikot district of Kandahar province killed four children while a person was injured another blast in Ferozkoh, the capital of Ghor province.
The week before last,18 people were killed and 17 others were injured in Afghanistan.
Decline in casualties comes at a time when last year before political change in the country hundreds of people would get killed and injured due to the war.
UNAMA extended mission in Afghanistan
Last week, all members of the UN Security Council, except Russia, voted in favor of extending UNAMA’s mission in Afghanistan for another year.
A UN resolution also called for delivery of aid, formation of an inclusive government and long-term peace and stability in Afghanistan.
Gaining Afghanistan an international status
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) saysthat UN wantsAfghanistan to have an international prestige and that the organization continues its efforts on the regard. UN Secretary General’s special represetnative says that many countries are interested in cooperation with the Afghan caretaker government.
Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs introduced new Afghanistan envoy to Ashgabat, capital of Turkmenistan, and acting foreign minister, Mulavi Amir Khan Mottaqi, visited the Afghan embassy in Ankara, capital of Turkey.
However, Afghan embassy and consulate have been closed in the US due to lack of funding and non-recognition of the Afghan caretaker government.
Acting Afghan foreign minister, Amir Khan Muttaqi said that Kabul has contact with many embassies of Afghanistan and urged opposition politicians to end their opposition.
Commission for communication with Afghan personalities living abroad
Last week, the Afghan cabinet approved the formation of a commission to establish contact with Afghan personalities living abroad and to encourage them to return home.
This comes as a number of Afghan personalities migrated to foreign countries after the regime change in Afghanistan in August while a number of others live in foreign countries from the past.
Former President Hamid Karzai welcomed the formation of the commission, calling it a step towards lasting peace and stability in the country.
EU envoy to Afghanistan also welcomed the establishment of the commission, saying it would be a step forward for the Afghan government in gaining legitimacy.
Former Afghan Foreign Minister HanifAtmar has asked the Afghan caretaker government to share the authority of the commission with common Afghans.
Continued humanitarian assistance
Malaysia also promised to donate 1.6 million doses of the coronavirus vaccine to Afghanistan while UNFPA expressed concern over increasing humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan and says that they have plan to deliver humanitarian aid to 9.28 million people in the war-torn country.
United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) says that the United Kingdom, Germany and Qatar will hold an international conference on raising humanitarian aid to Afghanistan in the next two weeks.
A senior UN official has called the economic situation in Afghanistan as worrying and called on the international community to take concrete steps to provide humanitarian assistance to the country.
Foreign Ministers of Afghanistan and Turkey last week discussed Afghanistan’s international airports, including Kabul International Airport and alsotalked about contents of an agreement on the regard.
OIC conference in Islamabad
The 48th OIC foreign ministers conference is scheduled to be held this week in the Pakistani capital, Islamabad, to discuss the situation in Afghanistan and some other important issues.