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IEA refutes claims by Tajik president of terrorist camps in north-eastern Afghanistan

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(Last Updated On: January 11, 2022)

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA) officials on Tuesday rejected claims by the Tajik president that thousands of militants are grouping in north-eastern Afghanistan, close to the southern border of Tajikistan.

Bilal Karimi, the deputy IEA spokesman, told Ariana News that there is no truth in these claims and that there are no threats to neighboring countries that emanate from Afghanistan.

Tajik President Emomali Rahmon said on Monday during a virtual Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) summit that over 6,000 militants have grouped at over 40 camps near their southern border.

“In general, according to the intelligence services of Tajikistan, the number of camps and training centers for terrorists bordering the southern borders of the CSTO in the north-eastern provinces of Afghanistan totals over 40, and their numerical strength reaches more than 6,000 militants,” said Rahmon during an emergency summit of the organization on the situation in Kazakhstan.

Russia’s TASS news agency reported that according to Rahmon, the situation on the Tajik-Afghan border is becoming more complicated every day, and that fighting between the IEA is ongoing along the border.

“Therefore, we need to create a security belt around Afghanistan,” Rahmon suggested.

He stressed that the increased activity of international terrorist groups in Afghanistan directly affects the CSTO collective security zone. “You and I know very well that since the second half of August 2021, thousands of members of ISIS (Daesh), al-Qaeda, Ansarullah, Hizb ut-Tahrir have been released from prisons in Afghanistan.”

He said that Daesh militants are strengthening their positions in Afghanistan.

Rahmon also said that the events taking place in Kazakhstan confirm the need to strengthen the joint fight against terrorism, TASS reported.

“The tragic events in Kazakhstan reaffirm the need to strengthen our joint comprehensive work to counter terrorism and extremism, religious radicalism and transnational organized crime, including drug trafficking,” he said.

Rahmon also said that a number of groups banned in Tajikistan are showing “particularly aggressive activity,” and many of their followers make up the backbone of the Islamic State (ISIS/Daesh).

“We in Tajikistan are strenuously fighting the agitation and subversive work of emissaries of banned organizations,” he stressed.

But the IEA’s Karimi was adamant that no threats emanate from Afghanistan.

“We totally reject this. The threats that they are concerned about do not exist in our country. Islamic Emirate is committed to its policy that no country would be threatened from our country.

“No group or gang engaged in destructive activities are operating in Afghanistan that could threaten other countries,” he said.

“We assure them, and we want good relations with all countries including our neighbors. Let me tell you something that spoilers who fled the country are conveying false information to [foreign countries],” he said.

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MoF finalizes plan to collect Zakat and Usher

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(Last Updated On: January 16, 2022)

The Ministry of Finance (MoF) of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan said on Sunday a plan outlining the collection process of Usher (Islamic tax on certain harvests) and Zakat (Islamic tax on personal income) has been finalized and will be submitted to the council of ministers soon.

Officials said that after the approval of the plan a special board will be established to collect the Usher and Zakat from Afghan citizens.

“Two things are very important to us; first we want to collect it (Usher and Zakat) via a digital system, and second we want to spend it via a regular system based on Sharia laws,” said Ahmad Wali Haqmal, spokesman for the MoF.

Some clerics meanwhile welcomed the IEA’s plan, saying that Zakat and Usher money should be distributed to people who deserve it.

“When the officials collect Zakat from traders, it should reach deserving people, and the process should be transparent. Second, it should be done in coordination with the Ministry of Commerce and Chamber of Commerce, which registers traders’ properties,” said Amanullah Ahmadi, a cleric.

The move however was met by mixed reactions among the public.

One Kabul resident, Ahmad Wais Akbari said: “People’s financial situation should be understood, employment opportunities should be created, salaries should be paid, in this case, everyone is ready, but the current situation is problematic,” said Akbari.

“We accept this but employment opportunities should be created for people, there is a lot of problems,” said Abdul Ghafar, a resident of Balkh.

“We demand the Islamic Emirate to not collect Usher from poor farmers,” said Naqibullah, a farmer in Takhar.

This comes as many investors fled the country after the mid-August takeover by the IEA and Afghans who stayed behind are dealing with a severe economic crisis.

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US seeking revenge for its defeat by imposing sanctions: China envoy

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China’s ambassador to Afghanistan Wang Yu criticized the United States for seeking revenge on Afghans for its defeat by imposing economic sanctions, and said that the US was using the issues of an inclusive government, human rights, women’s rights and freedom of expression as pretexts in Afghanistan.

In a meeting with Acting Interior Minister Sirajuddin Haqqani, on Sunday, the envoy said that China wants to work with Afghans to help them.

During the meeting Wang called on the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan to ensure that Afghan soil will not be used against any country, the interior ministry said.

Meanwhile, the Afghan interior ministry officials thanked China for its humanitarian assistance and called on China to continue its assistance to the Afghan people during this difficult time.

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Five million Afghans fell victim to drugs in the past 20 years: Deputy PM

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(Last Updated On: January 16, 2022)

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA) officials said Sunday that five million Afghans have become addicted to drugs in the past 20 years but that these addicts will be provided with treatment.

Speaking at an event in Kabul on Saturday, Abdul Salam Hanafi, deputy prime minister of Afghanistan said: “We have seen that nothing was done for Afghanistan during the occupation period, however, our youths are addicts and social problems increased.”

Meanwhile, the minister of information and culture of IEA, Khairullah Khairkhwa said that in addition to sanctions, some foreign countries launched propaganda campaigns against the IEA after their defeat.

“Experience has shown that countries which faced sanctions, built their own countries. We will solve the current problems,” said Khairkhwa.

IEA officials also welcomed humanitarian assistance being provided by the international community but reiterated that they would not accept conditions based assistance.

Officials also called on the people to accelerate their efforts to improve the current economic, social and health crisis

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