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Afghan leaders call on Taliban to reduce violence and end the war



(Last Updated On: May 13, 2021)

Marshal Abdul Rashid Dostum, the former vice president, and Atta Mohammad Noor, the former governor of Balkh province, on Thursday stressed the need to reduce violence and end the killing of people in Afghanistan.

Afghanistan’s third marshal, Dostum, said during Eid-ul-Fitr prayers in Sheberghan, the capital of Jawzjan province, the Taliban need to consider a continuous ceasefire to achieve peace.

Dostum says the role and position of the people in peace talks must be taken seriously.

Dostum stressed the need to end the war and reduce violence in Afghanistan.

Dostum added that he will not accept the presence of the Taliban with their idea of closing schools and depriving girls of education.

“We support peace and we must make sure that all the people of Afghanistan, all the ethnic figures of the Afghan people see themselves in those decisions,” Dostum said.

Referring to the removal of Naqibullah Fayeq, the former governor of Faryab, Dostum called on the government to leave the decisions on the appointment of governors and district governors to the people.

Meanwhile, Atta Mohammad Noor, the former governor of Balkh, warned the Taliban that if they do not come to the negotiating table and if they think of conquering Afghanistan through war, the people will mobilize alongside the country’s security forces.

Noor, said: “If the fratricide persists, it is where the national mobilization can respond with force alongside the Afghan armed forces under the umbrella of the regime.”
A number of local officials in Balkh are also emphasizing a permanent ceasefire.

“The main goal of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan is a permanent ceasefire and an end to the killing of innocent people,” said Farhad Azimi, the governor of Balkh.

Mohammad Afzal Hadid, head of the Balkh Provincial Council, said: “If someone wants to rule the Afghan people with oppression and torture, such governments are not sustainable.”

However, the Taliban have previously said that the Eid ceasefire will not last after Eid and that they will continue their attacks.

Meanwhile, Hezb-e-Islami leader Gulbuddin Hekmatyar says that with the withdrawal of foreign troops and a change in government position, or the creation of a transitional government, there is no reason for the war to continue in the country.

Hekmatyar called on the Taliban to pursue a new strategy for peace.

Hekmatyar emphasizes that Afghanistan is in a critical situation and that intelligence units of a number of countries are trying to disrupt the situation for the benefit of themselves.

“Our expectation from the Taliban is that the Taliban need to adopt a new strategy, considering the situation and the fact that foreign forces are leaving and one of the major causes of their war is gone,” he said.

He believes that the only way to achieve unconditional consensus around peace is through influential domestic political channels. He also stressed that if the system changed the military and security structures should remain in place.

The Taliban have intensified fighting in more than 22 provinces of Afghanistan since the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan started and are likely to escalate further after a three-day Eid ceasefire.

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US positioning itself to take on threats and opportunities: Ned Price



(Last Updated On: January 26, 2022)

US State Department spokesman Ned Price told reporters Monday he has a “hard time” understanding how the US military’s withdrawal from Afghanistan has emboldened autocratic leaders around the world like Russian President Vladimir Putin.

During a press briefing on Monday about ongoing discussions with Russia, Price was asked whether the Biden administration was aware that “the whole world is watching just like what happened in Afghanistan.”

Price said that ending the war in Afghanistan allowed the U.S. to be more “strategically positioned” to address Russia.

He said: “I have a hard time understanding how it is that putting an end to a 20-year military commitment where the United States spent billions upon billions of dollars every year, where thousands of American troops, at one point tens of thousands of American troops were stationed, where there was a NATO commitment, where thousands of NATO troops were stationed for many years, taking casualties, enduring the loss of life with an open-ended military commitment – were that still to be the case, how [would] we be better strategically positioned to take on what we’re seeing now from the Russian Federation?”

Price also said the US “has not turned its back on Afghanistan.”

“Anyone who would take any lesson from that, other than the fact that the United States is positioning itself to take on the threats and opportunities that we face now while we continue to partner with and support the people of Afghanistan, that would be mistaken analysis.”

Price’s comments come amid increasing tensions between Russia and Ukraine, where the US has repeatedly vowed severe economic sanctions against Russia if it mobilizes against the country.

The United States has heightened the readiness of some 8,500 troops, but no decisions have been made yet to deploy them.

Meanwhile, KT McFarland, deputy national security adviser to former president Donald Trump, told Fox News Digital on Sunday that the chaotic Afghanistan withdrawal “contributed” to what’s now taking place between Ukraine and Russia because it gave other countries the perception that the United States is “chaotic” and “won’t stand up to its adversaries.”

“Whatever happened in Afghanistan had a ripple effect with Ukraine,” McFarland said. “Whatever is going to happen with Ukraine is going to have a ripple effect with China, but it will have a ripple effect with Iran. It’s going to have a ripple effect with North Korea because all of these countries will think they’ll seize the moment. They’ll think this is my time. America’s weak, it’s disorganized.”

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Norwegian charities pledge humanitarian assistance during IEA’s visit to Oslo



(Last Updated On: January 26, 2022)

Representatives of Norwegian charities and organizations met with acting Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi, during his three-day visit to Oslo, and pledged assistance to Afghanistan in various fields, including health and education.

Foreign Ministry Spokesman Abdul Qahar Balkhi wrote on his Twitter account that the meeting was attended by seven Norwegian charitable organizations and associations.

He said that during the meeting, officials from Norwegian charities pledged humanitarian assistance in various areas, including health, education, agriculture and livestock, and demining.

According to Balkhi, Muttaqi assured the organizations of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s (IEA) full cooperation in the delivery of aid and equitable distribution.

Muttaqi led a 15-member delegation to Norway this week where they met with a broad range of officials and foreign representatives.

In addition to meeting Norwegian officials, the IEA also met with dignitaries from the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom, and with representatives of a number of European countries.

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IEA blames the West for Afghanistan’s humanitarian crisis



(Last Updated On: January 25, 2022)

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA) has said the international community should not sentence the people of Afghanistan to “collective punishment and starvation because they failed in their mission in Afghanistan.”

In an interview with Sky News, Afghan Foreign Ministry Spokesman Abdul Qahar Balkhi blamed the west for the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan.

“From our part again if we hadn’t taken the measures that we have taken and mitigated the effects of this humanitarian catastrophe that is taking place here in Afghanistan I think we would have been in a far far worse place at this moment,” Balkhi said.

He also reiterated IEA’s calls for the recognition of the current government in the country.

He stated that the IEA government is a responsible actor, “so the politicizing of recognition is only endangering the lives of the common people.”

Referring to Afghan women’s rights for education, Balkhi stated that girls are attending private institutions, “from primary all the way to university levels they’re open for girls and women.”

“I don’t know what the fear is, I absolutely do not know why, I do not understand any of the fear…. girls not going to school in their personal capacity or due to fear whether rational or irrational is their own personal prerogative.”

“From our side, the policy of the government has been very clear, there are absolutely no restrictions on any girls or women attending schools from primary all the way to higher education,” Balkhi said.

Balkhi, meanwhile, said that the Islamic Emirate forces respect Afghan women and they do not “threaten women ever.”

“Our security [forces] do not approach women specifically because this is an Afghan society we have a lot of respect for women we do not threaten women ever.”

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