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MoFA objects to ongoing comments by Pakistani minister over kidnapping

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(Last Updated On: July 21, 2021)

The Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs has raised concerns about the continued remarks by the Pakistani Minister of Interior, Sheikh Rasheed Ahmad.

According to a statement issued by MoFA, it has once again expressed its deep concern “over the continuation of the unprofessional remarks of the Minister of Interior of Pakistan in connection with the abduction of the daughter of Afghan ambassador in Islamabad”.

“While the investigation process has not yet been completed and the perpetrators have not been arrested, the continuation of unilateral statements and unprofessional prejudices will call into question the transparency of the investigation and increase distrust,” the statement read.

According to MoFA, mental and physical torture of the ambassador’s daughter has been recorded in a hospital report. Based on this report, MoFA said “we expect unprofessional prejudices to be avoided before the investigation is completed, and instead all efforts will be made to obtain evidence and complete the investigation process, as well as to arrest and prosecute the perpetrators”.

MoFA also stated it is committed to fully cooperating in the investigation and hopes that the reasons for the incident and the results of the investigation, based on the findings of the delegations of the two countries, will be completed and announced soon.

The daughter of Afghanistan’s ambassador to Pakistan, Silsila Alikhil was briefly kidnapped and injured by unknown assailants on Friday in the Pakistani capital Islamabad.

At the time, Afghanistan’s foreign ministry said she was “severely tortured” and later said senior diplomats including the ambassador had been recalled.

Pakistani officials said Silsila Alikhil, who is in her 20s, was assaulted by assailants who got into a car she was travelling in and beat her up.

After her release she was treated in hospital.

Pakistan’s Interior Minister said on Sunday however that according to the investigation, there was no case of abduction and claimed the Afghans and Indians are trying to “twist the facts”. He said the kidnapping was an “international conspiracy”.

Again on Tuesday, Ahmed accused Afghanistan and India of “distorting” the facts related to the kidnapping, Dawn News reported. Addressing a press conference in Rawalpindi, the minister said the incident was not a kidnapping and is part of a series of attempts to defame and destabilise Pakistan.

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Bayat Foundation in Ghazni to help needy families

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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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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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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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