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Noor’s Remarks on Attempts to Destabilize Balkh Is Baseless – Security Institutions

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(Last Updated On: January 3, 2018)

 

Afghanistan’s National Security Council (NSC) and intelligence agency on Wednesday rejected the accusation of government “arming thugs” to destabilize northern Balkh province.

Atta Mohammad Noor, the ousted Balkh governor, on Tuesday accused the two governmental institutions for distributing weapons to specific people at two guesthouses in Kabul.

“The National Security Council rejects claims that were addressed to the Council in a gathering on January 02 in Mazar-e-Sharif. The Council doesn’t have a guesthouse in the mentioned area and the given information is totally baseless,” the NSC said in a statement.

The National Directorate of Security (NDS), Afghanistan’s main spy agency, also lashed out at recent remarks by Noor and called it “baseless”.

In a statement, NDS said the guesthouse is belong to Mohammad Dawoud, the new governor of Balkh, and the Directorate of VIP Protection and Security is responsible for protecting him.

Meanwhile, the new governor of Balkh told Ariana News that there is no document to prove his predecessor claim.

“The remarks made by Ustad Atta was his personnel views. As a high-ranking government official, I have the right to have bodyguards,” said, Eng. Mohammad Dawoud, the newly appointed governor of the province.

He further expressed readiness to assume his position as governor in Balkh, but said he was awaiting for the President Ghani’s order to move in.

This comes as about three weeks ago, President Ghani said in a statement that he has approved the resignation of Balkh governor.

Following the announcement, Atta Mohammad Noor, who is also the CEO of Jamiat-e-Islami Party of Afghanistan, rejected the decision and vowed to fight his ouster.

Yesterday, he said that he was waiting for the result of negotiations between government and Jamiat-e-Islami Party. He reiterated that no official can oust him from the post, except through negotiation.

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Bayat Foundation steps in to help at-risk families in Maidan Wardak province

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(Last Updated On: January 20, 2022)

Bayat Foundation officials said Friday they have sent in a huge consignment of food aid to Maidan Wardak province to help hundreds of needy families.

According to officials, the aid includes flour, rice and oil, which they have started distributing to deserving families in the province.

“In continuation of the Bayat Foundation aid campaign, which sees us distribute aid every winter, today we had a program in Maidan Wardak province to distribute to deserving people. The aid included flour, rice and oil. The aid will be distributed in other provinces also,” said Haji Mohammad Ismail, deputy head of Bayat Foundation.

Recipients of the food parcels welcomed the initiative and called on other charity organizations to help families in need.

“This winter, many people are in need [of aid]; they assisted us, we are grateful. We want them to help us again [in the future],” said one Maidan Wardak recipient.

“Our people are in need. No one has helped them so far. We are grateful to Bayat Foundation that helped us during this difficult time,” said another recipient.

“We are very grateful, because they helped us. We want them to continue their aid so we can survive this difficult situation,” said another resident of Wardak.

Each year, Bayat Foundation carries out a winter campaign, providing needy people with food. This winter, however, the foundation has ramped up efforts to reach as many Afghans as possible across the country amid the ongoing economic crisis.

Already thousands of desperate families have received food parcels from Bayat Foundation in over a dozen provinces in the country.

Food parcels are given to only the most at-risk families who are identified through a comprehensive assessment carried out by the foundation once an area has been earmarked for distribution.

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IEA warns media against publishing rumors

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The intelligence department of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA) government said Thursday that media outlets should not spread false news and baseless rumors.

“A number of figures want to insult Islamic values so that they can achieve western citizenship,” the General Directorate of Intelligence (GDI) tweeted.

According to the GDI, these individuals have made untrue statements about the IEA which some media have reported on.

The country’s media, in accordance with the principles of journalism, should strictly refrain from publishing false news and baseless rumors, GDI tweeted.

The intelligence department has pointed out that insulting religious sanctities and rituals is not acceptable to the people.

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Biden defiantly defends Afghanistan exit, makes ‘no apologies’

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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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