KABUL (Pajhwok): Last week, China and the United States pledged resumption of half-completed projects in Afghanistan. South Korea and Denmark announced $10 million in aid for Afghan teachers.
- The European Union again calls for an inclusive government in Afghanistan
- Japan resumes diplomatic mission in Afghanistan
- Will resume work on some half-completed projects and launch practical work on some other schemes in Afghanistan: China
- US has resumed work on half-completed projects in Afghanistan: SIGAR
- Human rights violated in Afghanistan: Bennett
- Bennet’s comments non-professional and prejudiced: IEA
- Some circles once again demand the reopening of girls schools above grade six
- Korea and Denmark pledge $10 million in aid for Afghan teachers
Sixty-two people were killed and 31 others injured in Afghanistan last week. According to local sources, 38 armed opponents of the government and three security personnel were killed in a security operation in northeastern Badakhshan province.
Kabul police said three people were injured in a blast in the 6th police district while seven worshippers were wounded in a separate explosion in the 5th police district.
Unknown gunmen killed a tribal elder in Takhar province, while two people were killed in Nangarhar, one each in Uruzgan and Balkh provinces last week.
In Badghis, security personnel mistakenly shot dead a woman and injured another. In Kunduz, a man killed a girl before committing suicide.
Reports say a man was killed and five security personnel were injured in a mortar shell blast in Takhar’s Ishkamish district. Four people were killed and as many injured in a land disputed between two families in Baghlan province.
Five people were killed and three others injured in an armed attack on health workers of the 207th Al Farooq Military Corps in Herat province. Some sources put the number of injured at 10 while others claimed 18 individuals were wounded.
The number of these casualties is based on reports reaching Pajhwok Afghan News. There are chances of some incidents going unreported or sources providing incorrect figures.
93 people killed and wounded in Afghanistan last week
After the regime change, 3,055 people have been killed and injured in Afghanistan so far
Hundreds of civilians, security forces and insurgents were killed and injured in the past conflict every week before last year’s regime change.
Resumption of half-completed projects
Chinese Ambassador to Afghanistan Wang Yu said last week China would soon start work on its projects in Afghanistan and other half-completed schemes funded by the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank.
US Special Inspector General for Afghanistan’s Reconstruction (SIGAR) said in a fresh report America had resumed work on its incomplete projects in the country.
Japan reopens embassy in Kabul
Japan’s Foreign Minister Hayashi Yoshimasa said last week that Tokyo had resumed its diplomatic mission in Afghanistan.
Russian, Iranian, Qatari, Turkish, Pakistani and Saudi embassies and European Union’s diplomatic mission are already functional in Kabul. But the interim Afghan government has not yet earned formal recognition from any country.
Emphasis on inclusive govt
European Union Special Representative for Afghanistan Tomas Niklasson said last week an inclusive government in Afghanistan, supported by regional countries, remained a basic demand.
Similarly, in Balkh province, some religious scholars and tribal elders underlined the establishment of a broad-based government in Afghanistan.
On the other hand, the interim government has repeatedly said the incumbent administration is inclusive, having representatives of minorities. It says efforts are ongoing to make the government more inclusive.
Statements on human rights
UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Afghanistan Richard Bennett told a gathering women in Afghanistan had been stripped of their basic rights on the direction of the interim government and Afghanistan had become the worst place for women.
He said current violations of women’s rights in Afghanistan were unprecedented. Bennett added there were reports of human rights violations from Panjsher. Civilians had been detained and women and girls’ rights had been violated.
But the acting government spurned Bennett’s report as unprofessional and prejudiced.
Abdul Qahar Balkhi, spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said: “Reports based on anecdotes, unverifiable sources and malicious personal emails contravene all scientific and professional fact-finding methods, and hold no value.”
He said: “Using anecdotes & personal emails to write up a report without cross-checking & lacking any matric of comparison on the human right situation despite cooperation from the government & presence of the committee to assist findings shows serious non-professionalism and prejudice.”
In addition, the Central Asian-European Council meeting also stressed improvement in the human rights including women and minority rights in Afghanistan.
The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, in a recent report, expressed concern at the closure of schools for girls above grade six in Afghanistan.
“Afghan activists and education sector representatives told us that the Taliban’s restrictive policy toward girls’ education, including prohibiting girls from attending school beyond sixth grade, has had an adverse effect and resulted in an overall reduction in school attendance,” said SIGAR.
Human Rights Deputy Director Heather Barr said: “It has been 400 days since the Taliban banned girls from schools. There is no other country in the world where girls are systematically banned from education and work.”
US Special Envoy Rina Amiri wrote on her Twitter handle: “Education of all Afghans, including women & girls, is the key to lifting Afghanistan out of poverty & restoring hope.”
In northern Balkh province, some religious scholars and tribal elder yet again demanded the reopening of girls’ schools across the country.
Last week, US Special Representative for Afghanistan Thomas West, in talks with ex-president Hamid Karzai, called for a national dialogue on the future of Afghanistan and endorsed Karzai’s demand for the reopening of girls’ schools above 6th grade.
Assistance to Afghanistan
UNICEF said South Korea and Denmark had provided $10 million for support to teachers in Afghanistan.
Earlier, Richard Bennett said he would talk to foreign aid agencies on mitigating and eradicating poverty from Afghanistan.
The World Food Programme (WFP) said nine out of 10 people in Afghanistan did not have enough food to eat, but the government rejected the claim as baseless.
Pro-federal system party
The ‘Afghanistan Justice and Freedom’ party announced its launch outside the country. The newly-formed party stressed the need for creating a federal system. But some individuals, reacting to the announcement, criticised the move.
Recently, it may be pointed out, some political movements were launched outside the country by former government officials.
Bilal Karimi, deputy spokesperson for the Islamic Emirate, said individuals involved in newly-created movements had no place in the hearts and minds of people and they had been tested in the past 20 years.
The Foreign Ministry says a group of Turkish religious scholars met Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi. They promised conveying the message of improved security, Islamic system and available opportunities in Afghanistan to the world.
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