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Five Members of One Family Killed in Kabul’s Sunday Bombing

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(Last Updated On: April 23, 2018)

Five members of a single family were among the victims of Sunday’s deadly suicide attack at a population registration center in Kabul that left at least 57 people dead, all civilians.

 Mohammad Jawad Qaseemi, a father, and brother who left behind six children after the Islamic State-claimed attack outside a voter registration center in Dasht-e-Archi area, Kabul’s Police District 6.

The 38-year-old Qaseemi went to the center with four of his family members to get national Identity card (Tazkira) in order to be eligible for voting in upcoming parliamentary and district council elections which are due to be held on October 20 this year.

“He went there [the targeted area] to get Tazkira before being martyred,” the grieving brother of Qaseemi said, following the incident that also left 112 people injured.  

“A bride, two daughters, and five other women are now in coma at the Emergency hospital,” Mohammad Aiwaz, one of the relatives of Qaseemi said.

It was the deadliest attack in the capital since about 100 people were killed in January by an explosive packed-ambulance, and it came after repeated warnings that militants could try to disrupt the election process.

According to U.N. report, more than 750 people have been killed or maimed in suicide attacks by militant groups in Afghanistan from January 1 to March 31 this year.

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Biden defiantly defends Afghanistan exit, makes ‘no apologies’

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(Last Updated On: January 20, 2022)

U.S. President Joe Biden on Wednesday firmly defended the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan and said he makes no apologies.

Addressing a press conference, Biden said: “I make no apologies for what I did.”

His administration drew criticism for the way troops were withdrawn and the sudden collapse of the previous government.

Biden suggested Wednesday there was nothing else that could have been done to bolster Afghan allies.

“Raise your hand if you think anyone was going to be able to unify Afghanistan under one single government,” he said.

“It’s been the graveyard of empires for a solid reason. It is not susceptible to unity.”

He also suggested it was not the responsibility of the U.S. to fix Afghanistan’s challenges, The Week reported.

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Pakistan played major role in peace, stability of Afghanistan: Arif Alvi

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(Last Updated On: January 20, 2022)

Pakistan’s President Arif Alvi has said that Pakistan played a major role in the peace and stability in Afghanistan and that Islamabad made sure Kabul was not isolated.

Alvi said in a media interview, that during the recent Economic Cooperation Organisation (ECO) summit he told its members that Pakistan saved Afghanistan from being isolated.

He also stated that during the extraordinary meeting of the foreign ministers of OIC in Islamabad, Pakistan, in December, he portrayed the actual picture of the war-torn country.

He also said the world has recognized Prime Minister Imran Khan’s initiatives.

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ILO estimates underscore Afghanistan employment crisis

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(Last Updated On: January 20, 2022)

Job losses in Afghanistan following the change in administration in August 2021 totaled more than half a million in the third quarter and may reach 900,000 by mid-2022, according to new estimates released by the International Labour Organization (ILO).

According to the ILO, the estimated 14% loss by mid-2022 reflects workers pushed out of employment due to the change in administration and ensuing economic crisis as well as restrictions on women’s participation in the workplace.

The total number of hours worked in the Afghan economy is estimated to have dropped by 13% in the third quarter of 2021 compared to a hypothetical scenario with no change in administration.

The ILO said key sectors have been devastated since the collapse of the former government including agriculture, the civil service and the construction industry which have all seen large-scale job losses or workers go unpaid.

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