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Ghani Blames Taliban for Recent Tragedy in Kabul

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(Last Updated On: December 26, 2018)

President Ashraf Ghani blames the Taliban insurgent group for all ongoing violence in Afghanistan.

Speaking during the introduction ceremony of two anti-Taliban figures as Afghan defense and interior ministers, Ghani said that Taliban cannot distance themselves from the recent attack on civilians in Kabul.

“Peace is a complicated process and we experienced this complexity in Abu Dhabi. But despite all complexities, we will make our efforts to reach to the goals,” Ghani said while referring to the recent meeting between U.S.-Taliban in Abu Dhabi where Taliban refused to sit with the government delegation.

On Monday, several gunmen attacked a governmental building and killed nearly 50 people, mostly civilians. Taliban denied their involvement and no group including Daesh has claimed responsibility for the attack yet.

“I’m calling on the Taliban that you cannot distance yourself from the recent attack by condemning the attack. Even if the Taliban were not directly involved in this tragedy, but they have paved the ground for others to perform such catastrophe,” Ghani added.

At the same time, a number of Afghan lawmakers criticize the government for its failure to prevent such attacks, adding that the Afghan peace process is ambiguous.

Allah Gul Mujahid, an MP from the capital Kabul said that Afghans have no role in peace and war and the process is in the hand of foreigners.

“The recent attack shows that there is another force inside Afghanistan that does not want peace, the barbaric attack happened as the foreign minister of [Pakistan] was holding peace talks in the presidential palace and this was surprising,” said Abdul Rahim Ayoubi, an MP from southern Kandahar province.

Also, on Wednesday reports emerged that Iran has been holding talks with the Afghan Taliban with the knowledge of the Afghan government.

Ali Shamkhani, the secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council, made the announcement during his visit with the Afghan National Security Advisor in Kabul on December 26.

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Bayat Foundation in Ghazni to help needy families

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(Last Updated On: December 2, 2021)

The Bayat Foundation continues to help vulnerable families across Afghanistan and this week distributed hundreds of food parcels to people in central Ghazni province.

The foundation’s officials said they had so far distributed essential food supplies to deserving people in Herat, Balkh, Khost, Kunduz, Kandahar, and Bamiyan provinces.

Haji Mohammad Ismail, deputy head of the Bayat Foundation, stated: “Through its continued assistance, the Bayat Foundation was in Ghazni [to distribute aid] and further assistance will be distributed in other provinces soon.”

The foundation said it will do its best to reach vulnerable families during winter.

Grateful recipients of the food aid thanked the Bayat Foundation and said the packages were badly needed.

“We are thankful to the Bayat Foundation that provided us with foodstuff such are flour, rice, and oil and we call for further assistance,” one of the recipients said.

Another recipient added: “I am pleased that the Bayat Foundation is helping needy people during this cold winter.”

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UN seeks record $41 billion for aid to hotspots including Afghanistan

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(Last Updated On: December 2, 2021)

The United Nations appealed on Thursday for $41 billion to provide life-saving assistance next year to a record 183 million people worldwide caught up in conflict and poverty, led by a tripling of its programme in Afghanistan.

Famine remains a “terrifying prospect” for 45 million people living in 43 countries, as extreme weather caused by climate change reduces food supplies, it said in the annual appeal reflecting a 17% rise in annual funding needs.

“The drivers of needs are ones which are familiar to all of us. Tragically, it includes protracted conflicts, political instability, failing economies… the climate crisis, not a new crisis, but one which urges more attention and of course the Covid-19 pandemic,” UN aid chief Martin Griffiths told a news briefing on Wednesday.

In a report to donors, the world body said: “Without sustained and immediate action, 2022 could be catastrophic.”

Afghanistan, Syria, Yemen, Ethiopia and Sudan are the five major crises requiring the most funding, topped by $4.5 billion sought for Afghanistan where “needs are skyrocketing”, it said.

In Afghanistan, more than 24 million people require life-saving assistance to prevent catastrophe, a dramatic increase driven by political tumult, repeated economic shocks, and the severe food insecurity caused by the worst drought in 27 years, Reuters reported.

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Four wounded in Kabul blast

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(Last Updated On: December 2, 2021)

The Emergency Hospital in Kabul has confirmed four people were wounded in an IED explosion in Salim Karwan square in PD4 around midday Thursday.

The Emergency Hospital said in a tweet that the injured were taken to the hospital from the scene of the explosion.

The hospital said a child was among the injured adding the incident was caused by a magnetic IED attached to a vehicle.

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s (IEA) Interior Ministry spokesman Saeed Khosti, however, said the incident was caused by an IED placed in a pot. He also claimed that there were no casualties in the blast.

No individual or group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Two days ago, Kabul witnessed another explosion. The blast, which targeted an IEA vehicle, wounded five people, including members of the IEA.

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