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Afghan Forces battle Insurgent Groups in 16 Provinces: MoD

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(Last Updated On: May 12, 2017)

vlcsnap-2017-05-12-18h56m36s25Afghan security forces battling the insurgents groups mainly the Taliban and Islamic State in 16 provinces, in between seven provinces are under serious threats of the militants, the Defense Ministry said Friday.

These seven insecure provinces are  Sar-e-Pul in north, Badakhshan and Kunduz in northeast, Nangarhar in east and Helmand & Zabul in southwest.

Adding to chaos, the Taliban captured Qal-e-Zal district in Kunduz about a week ago and closed the Kunduz-Khanabad highway to traffic after the seizure of six security checkpoints in the highway.

But the government forces are currently in battle with group to retake control of the district and open the highway to traffic.  

“The conflict is raged, it said Kunduz city will collapse and because of that people have left their homes,” a Kunduz resident said.

The Afghan Defense Ministry; however, assured Kunduz city will not fall into the hands of the militants.

“The collapse of Sar-e-Pul and Kunduz city will remain only a dream for the enemies,” said Deputy Spokesman of the Defense Ministry, Mohammad Radmanish.

It comes as the Afghan forces have conducted 19 operations across the country, and according to military officials, the Islamic State strongholds have been suppressed  in eastern parts of Afghanistan mainly by airstrikes, and government have taken control of some parts of the restive provinces.

“The U.S. drone strikes have eliminated the positions of the insurgents and the air strikes mainly targeting the strongholds of their leaders,” Radmanish added.

Reported by Bais Hayat, Edited by Shakib Mahmud 

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Pakistan’s PM renews call for humanitarian aid for Afghanistan

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(Last Updated On: January 23, 2022)

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan on Saturday reiterated calls for the international community to provide urgent humanitarian aid to Afghanistan.

Khan said in a tweet that under the UN Principle of Responsibility to Protect (R2P), it was obligatory to help protect people from the mass-scale humanitarian crisis left in the wake of a prolonged conflict.

“Right now millions of Afghan people are in danger of starvation,” he said adding it was the “duty of the international community to provide humanitarian assistance.”

UN agencies have warned that more than 23 million people are at risk of starvation if aid is not provided.

Earlier this month, the UN agencies launched a call for $4.5 billion in aid for 2022, its biggest-ever international appeal. The US responded with a donation of $308 million to be channeled through independent humanitarian organizations.

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IEA delegation arrives in Norway for humanitarian talks

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(Last Updated On: January 23, 2022)

Representatives of Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA) arrived in Norway on Saturday (January 22) for three days of talks due to start on Sunday (January 23) on how to alleviate a humanitarian crisis.

Millions of Afghans have been plunged deeper into poverty since last year’s IEA takeover, which resulted in disruption to aid programmes and deteriorating food security.

The IEA representatives will meet Norwegian authorities as well as diplomats from several other countries from January 23 to January 25.

“These meetings do not represent a legitimisation or recognition of the Taliban [IEA]. But we must talk to the de facto authorities in the country,” Norwegian Foreign Minister Anniken Huitfeldt said in a statement.

According to the Norwegian foreign ministry, meetings will also take place between the IEA delegation and Afghan civil society members, including women leaders, journalists, and “individuals working to safeguard human rights and address humanitarian, economic, social and political issues”.

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UN chief says IEA must respect human rights in order to be recognized

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(Last Updated On: January 22, 2022)

Laying out his priorities for 2022, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Friday that the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA) has to respect human rights in order to obtain international recognition.

Addressing the UN General Assembly, Guterres stated that it was “absolutely essential” for the IEA “to have full respect for the rights of women and girls and to have a positive approach to human rights in general” in order to obtain international recognition and “getting international support for their own people.”

“To provide a lifeline of help for the Afghan people, inject cash to avoid an economic meltdown, ensure full respect of international humanitarian law and human rights — particularly for women and girls — and effectively fight terrorism,” he said.

UN Secretary-General spoke about global issues as well. Referring to the raging COVID-19 pandemic, a morally bankrupt global financial system, the climate crisis, lawlessness in cyberspace, and diminished peace and security, he told the General Assembly that “we face a five-alarm global fire that requires the full mobilization of all countries.”

“Now is not the time to simply list and lament challenges. Now is the time to act. All these challenges are, at heart, failures of global governance.”

On the possibility of a Russian invasion of Ukraine, Guterres said, “diplomacy is the way to solve problems. Of course, any invasion by one country to another country is against international law, and I hope that this, of course, will not happen in the present circumstances. I am convinced it will not happen. And I strongly hope to be right.”

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