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IEA says girls schools and universities will reopen next year

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(Last Updated On: November 25, 2021)

Zabihullah Mujahid, a spokesman for the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA), said all schools and universities would reopen for girls next year.

Addressing a gathering of Afghan Shiites in Kabul in the name of “Islamic unity in the light of Islamic justice”, Mujahid said the Islamic Emirate is trying to establish a mechanism that is in line with Islamic and national principles so that girls can return to school and university.

“Our sisters should be assured that their schools will open, the Islamic Emirate is trying to build a mechanism that is in accordance with Islamic principles and national interests, then all our sisters’ schools and educational centers will start,” Mujahid told the participants.

Jafar Mahdavi, an Afghan Shiite leader, also told the gathering that next year would see the reopening of schools for girls above the sixth grade.

More than 100 days after the IEA took over Afghanistan, schools above Grade 6 have not yet fully reopened for girls.

Meanwhile Mujahid said that Afghanistan is in a new chapter that requires the cooperation and empathy of the people.

“The current situation is in the interests of all of us,” he said.

Mujahid has promised that “we will begin the jihad to develop the country.”

“New Afghanistan has emerged from the war. We are looking to launch major development projects such as the TAPI, CASA 1000, Ayanak copper and other projects,” he added.

Mujahid also said that the country’s economy will grow in less than six months.

According to Mujahid the Islamic Emirate does not seek revenge on anyone.

“Mujahideen of the Islamic Emirate are trying not to damage the dignity and honor of any of our compatriots,” Mujahid said.

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Islamic countries to meet on Afghanistan crisis on Dec. 19

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Pakistan’s foreign minister called on Saturday for a fresh effort to stop neighboring Afghanistan sliding further into crisis as he announced an extraordinary meeting of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) later this month. 

The meeting of foreign ministers from Islamic countries will be held in Islamabad on Dec. 19, with delegations from the European Union and the so-called P5 group of the United States, Britain, France, Russia and China also invited.

“To abandon Afghanistan at this stage would be a historic mistake,” Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Hussain Qureshi told a news conference in Islamabad, warning that half the country was facing the risk of starvation that could trigger further chaos.

“Instability could give way to renewed conflict, it could trigger an exodus of refugees,” he said.

There have been growing warnings of the humanitarian crisis facing Afghanistan since international aid was abruptly cut following the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA) takeover on Aug. 15 and fears of disaster if the situation is not brought under control.

However, getting help in has been hindered by sanctions on dealing with the IEA, the U.S. decision to freeze billions of dollars of central bank reserves held outside Afghanistan and the collapse of much of the country’s banking system.

Pakistan recently agreed to allow 50,000 tonnes of wheat to transit through its territory from India to help Afghanistan but aid agencies have warned that much more help is urgently needed.

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Pakistan to let Afghan trucks transport wheat from India to Afghanistan

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Pakistan’s has allowed India to transport 50,000 metric tonnes of wheat and life-saving medicines through Wagah as humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan, the Pakistani government said in a statement Saturday.

“With a view to further facilitate Pakistan’s decision to allow transportation of 50,000 MT of wheat and life-saving medicines from India to Afghanistan via Wagah border on an exceptional basis for humanitarian purposes, it has been decided to also allow the use of Afghan trucks for transportation from Wagah border to Torkham,” read the statement.

“This demonstrates the commitment and seriousness of the Government of Pakistan to facilitate the proposed humanitarian assistance.”

The statement noted that the decision was conveyed to the Charge d’ Affaires of India on Saturday at the Pakistan Ministry of Foreign Affairs adding that “the Indian government was also urged to proceed quickly to take necessary steps to expeditiously undertake the delivery of the humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan.”

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France, Europeans working to open joint mission in Afghanistan: Macron

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Several European countries are working on opening up a joint diplomatic mission in Afghanistan that would enable their ambassadors to return to the country, French President Emmanuel Macron said on Saturday.

Western countries have been grappling with how to engage with the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA) after they took power in Afghanistan in mid-August.

The United States and other Western countries shut their embassies and withdrew their diplomats when the previous government collapsed, following which the IEA declared an interim government whose top members are under U.S. and U.N. sanctions.

“We are thinking of an organisation between several European countries… a common location for several Europeans, which would allow our ambassadors to be present,” Macron told reporters in Doha before heading to Jeddah in Saudi Arabia, Reuters reported.

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