KABUL (Pajhwok): Nineteen people were killed and injured in Afghanistan last week, while views expressed by different countries and international organizations regarding Afghanistan showed that the country was still under their focus.
- Afghanistan should not be forgotten: OSCE
- Current Afghan government moving in the wrong direction: Germany
- Different sources have stressed girls’ education and women’s rights in Afghanistan
- India and Iran stressed over inclusive government and continuation of aid to the people of Afghanistan
- The Central Asia States vowed to join efforts for the resolution of problems in Afghanistan
- India is close to the resumption of its diplomatic presence in Afghanistan
- Three officials of the past government returned to Afghanistan
- World Bank approved three projects worth $793 million for Afghanistan
- Human Rights Watch expressed concern over women and girls’ rights in Afghanistan
- Fifteen people were killed and four others injured in Afghanistan last week.
Last week, 15 people were killed and four others were injured in Afghanistan last week.
According to reports one civilian, five security personnel were killed and another civilian was injured in a roadside blast in Kandahar province last week. The landmine was planted in the past. A man was also killed as a result of a blast in Kunduz province.
According to local sources, unknown gunmen killed two persons in Baghlan and Kunduz provinces while bodies of three persons were recovered in Baghlan last week.
Reports showed Pakistani forces shot dead a man in the Angor Ada area when the slain person wanted to cross the Durand Line into Pakistan.
One person was killed and another injured as a result of a violent dispute between two families in Uruzgan province.
In Nangahrar, security forces killed one person over alleged robbery and injured two others.
According to weekly Pajhwok reports, last week six people were killed and four others injured in Afghanistan.
This comes that before August 15, last year hundreds of people were killed and injured in Afghanistan weekly.
Foreign meetings on Afghanistan
The Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) last week discussed the situation in Afghanistan and its impact on the region. The meeting said Afghanistan should not be forgotten.
Afghanistan’s Permanent Representative at OSCE Manizha Bakhtari expressed deep concern over the acting government’s policy of not honoring the basic freedom of girls and women. But acting Afghan government said women’s and girls’ rights were not violated.
Reports showed that US Special Representative for Afghanistan Thomas West held a meeting with United Arab Foreign Minister Ahmad Ali Shaikh and discussed the latest humanitarian situation and Afghan girls’ education. UAE foreign minister pledged support to Afghanistan in the area of health, humanitarian aid, and food supply.
German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock during a press briefing in Islamabad said the current Afghan government was moving in the wrong direction and would not be recognized until it change its position.
“The international community must stand united and tell the Taliban loud and clear that you are heading in the wrong direction. And as long as they go down this path, there is no room for normalization and even recognition of Taliban as legitimate rulers,” Baerbock asserted.
Qatar Foreign Minister Shaikh Mohammad Bin Al Sani met US Foreign Secretary Antony Blinken in Washington and discussed the political, and economic situation, girls’ education and women’s rights in Afghanistan.
Indian and Iranian foreign ministers during a meeting in New Dehli termed vital the formation of an inclusive government in Afghanistan and stressed support for Afghanistan in a tough economic situation.
Similarly, China, Uzbekistan, Kazakistan, Kysgisystan and Turkmenistan foreign ministers during a meeting in Kazakistan termed peace in Afghanistan vital for regional peace and demanded joint efforts by Central Asian Countries to help resolve problems in Afghanistan.
Foreign officials’ meetings in Afghanistan
UN Secretary-General Special Representative for Afghanistan Deborah Lyons during a meeting with acting Foreign Minister Ameer Khan Muttaqi said that UNAMA and US did not want to weaken the banking sector in Afghanistan and stressed negotiated settlement of current issues faced by the banking sector in Afghanistan.
Qatar Ameer’s National Security Advisor Mohammad Bin Ahmad Almosnad during a meeting with Foreign Minister Muttaqi said that Afghanistan was Qatar’s strategic partner and pledged to strengthen bilateral ties which have a strong history.
India diplomatic mission
Last week, Indian media reported that India was closed to take the decision regarding the resumption of its diplomatic mission in Afghanistan. This comes that last week a delegation of India’s foreign ministry arrived in Afghanistan.
During the visit, the delegation visited Indian development projects and met officials of the acting Afghan government.
Past government officials return
Last week, some officials of the past government — former state minister Ghulam Farooq Wardak, former defense ministry spokesperson Dawlat Waziri, and Former Da Afghanistan Breshna Shirkat Director Amanullah Ghalib — returned to Afghanistan from foreign countries.
These individuals had returned as a result of the Reconciliatory Commission’s efforts.
After the fall of the past government on August 15, last year, most government employees had not been recalled to their jobs.
Last week a group of women employees from the IACSC raised objections and said acting government officials have not reached final decisions regarding the work of women in government institutions despite the fact that officials had promised to take the decision in this regard.
Government officials, however, said efforts were being made to provide jobs to all through different resources to help resolve the problems of people, including women. They said currently women employees received their salaries at their homes.
Human Rights Watch
Last week, Human Rights Watch (HRW) expressed concern over rights violations, especially for women and girls in Afghanistan, and stressed more international community pressure on the current acting Afghan government.
Women rights in charge of the HRW said the international community should get united in telling the Taliban that they would defend Afghan women and girls’ rights in the right manner.
But Afghan government rejected HRW claims regarding the killing and rights violation of innocent people.
Continuation of Aid
Last week, Saudi Arabia provided $30 million to the Afghanistan Trust Fund which was warmly welcomed by the Acting Afghan government.
Last week, China provided 24-kilograms of rice to every family in Afghanistan. A total of 750 families were provided with the aid.
In addition, the World Bank and the Afghanistan Reconstruction Fund approved three projects for Afghanistan that worth $793 million.