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Lower House Elects Amir Khan Yar as Second Deputy Speaker

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(Last Updated On: March 13, 2018)

Amir Khan Yar was elected as Second Deputy Speaker of Wolesi Jirga (Lower House of Parliament) on Tuesday, following the second round of the administrative board election.

Nematullah Ghafari and Amir Khan Yar were the nominees competing for the position in Wolesi Jirga’s Tuesday voting session. Amir Khan Yar secured 125 votes while Ghafari got 52 votes in his favor.

Thanking MPs for electing him as second deputy speaker of parliament, Amir Khan Yar said that he is going to preserve the “trust” earned from the lawmakers and will not act against parliament’s interest.

The voting for secretary post of the house, however, remained inconclusive as the two nominees – including Saleh Mohammad Saljoqi (83 votes) and Helai Ershad (47 votes) – were failed to earn the required votes for the position.  

This comes two days after Humayun Humayun was re-elected as First Deputy Speaker of the Lower House, securing 110 votes against his competitor Nazir Ahmadzai for the position. 

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His administration drew criticism for the way troops were withdrawn and the sudden collapse of the previous government.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