KABUL (Pajhwok): Last week, the global community underlined the imperative of interaction with interim Afghan rulers, inclusivity of the government, reopening of secondary girls’ schools and continued humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan.
Las week’s major events
- Need for the reopening of girls’ schools above sixth grade was underlined
- Pakistan and Russia stressed engagement between the Afghan government and the international community
- UNAMA called for inclusivity in the caretaker Afghan government
- Current situation in Afghanistan is not what is projected by western media: US diplomat
- $40 million arrived in Kabul as part of humanitarian cash assistance
- Thr international community should expand humantaian assistance to Afghanistan: Asia Council
- Last week, 43 people were killed and injured across Afghanistan
Last week, 18 people were killed and 25 others injured indifferent violent incidents nationwide.
According to security sources, six people, including two employees of the Russian ambassy in Kabul and the attacker, were killed and 11 others injured in a sucide blast in front of the embassy on September 6.
The UN, the EU and several other countries condemned the explosion, with the UN asking the Taliban administration to ensure the security of diplomatic missions.
Acting Afghan Foreign Minister Ameer Khan Muttaqi telephoned his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov and assured him of comprehensive investigations into the incident. Muttaqi assured him the Afghan forces would pay due attention to the security of the Russian diplomatic mission.
According to reports, three children were killed and as many injured in an explosive ramnant of war (ERW) blast in Helmand province. Separately, a civilian was killed by robbers in Lashkargah, the capital of Helmand.
In Ghazni province, a woman was shot dead by robbers while amother person was killed in Ghor due to a family dispute. Unknown gunmen killed a man in Faryab’s Sherin Tagab district. In the same province, one person was killed and four others were injured in a grenade blast in Maimana, the capital of Faryab.
The casualty figures available to Pajhwok Afghan News are based on reports received from different sources. However, there are chances of some casualty reports being missed out or soruces providing inaccurate information.
38 people were killed, 61 others injured the previous week
Before the regime change in the country last year, hundreds of civilians and individuals on both sides of the conflict were killed and injured in clashes, blasts and other violent incidents every week.
At the beginning of the new education year in spring, the current government stopped girls above grade six from attending schools. It said a strategy was being onducted on the basis of which girls above grade six would be able to resume their studies.
Last week some government sources in Paktia province said girls’ schools above 6th grade had been reopened in response to calls from people and y school administrative staff.
After the reopening of schools, people expessed their joy and asked the government to let girls across the country return to classes.
The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA) spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, said it was not yet known on whose orders and under what conditions girls’ schools had been reopened in Paktia province.
On Saturday, a video circulated on social media, showing a number of school girls staging a rally against the continued closure of schools. However, official sources have said nothing yet in this regard.
UN Secretary-Genral Antonio Guterres called the closure of schools for girls above sixth grade an unjustifiable violation of equal rights that damaged the entire country.
Last week, Afghanistan Woman Association head Fatana Ishaq Gilani told Pajhwok Afghan News during an interview that the body worked with thousands of Afghan women and girls in education and health sectors in the past one year and provided assistance to two thousands of needy widows and orphans.
Interaction with the caretaker govt
Last week, Pakistani and Russian special envoys for Afghanistan underscored the need to support continued engagement between the Interim Afghan government and the international community.
Last week, Public Health Minister Dr. Qalandar Ebad travelled to Iran at the head of a delegation to seek Tehran’s cooperation in improving the health sector in Afghanistan. Iran promised cooperation with Afghanistan in improving health services during the visit.
Acting Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi on Wednesday asked the United States to comply with the Doha agreement and respect Afghanistan’s airspace under international laws.
Also last week, UNAMA head Markus Potzel, in an interview with TOLONews, insisted on the full participation of the cartaker government and said: “We see that there is no program me and also constitution and there are no other laws. The constitution has key provisions for economic reforms.”
However, a former US envoy in Afghanistan, in a meeting with the spokesman for the Islamic Emirate, said the currention situation in the country was contrary to what was published in the western media.
Last week’s assistance
Amid continued international humanitarian aid, 40 million dollars reached Kabul kast week. Thus aid to Afghanistan over the last 12 months has increased to hundreds of millions of dollars.
Turkey promised technical assistance to Afghanistan’s national food and drug administration in terms of capacity-building and laboratories. Malaysia also vowed technical assistance to Afghan instituions. Additionally, Iran said that it was building a standard hospital for the treatment of diabetes in Nangarhar province.
The Asia Council asked the international community to increase assistance before a possible humanitarian crisis erupted in Afghanistan.
The World Food Program (WFP) called the economic crisis in Afghanistan the cause of the destruction of people’s livelihodds and employment. The United Nations Organization for the Coordination and Humanitrain Affairs (OCHA) said that more than 24 million peole in Afghanistan urgently needed humanitarian aid.