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Afghanistan: Not Willing to Sign Water Treaty with Anyone

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(Last Updated On: January 25, 2017)

1Pakistan Government aimed to sign an treaty over share water with Afghan Government, amid officials in Ministry of Energy and Water insisted on implementation of International law and regulations over distribution and sharing of water with neighboring countries.

According to Da Nation Newspaper of Pakistan the Pakistan officials are busy drafting a mutual agreement over water of Kabul river, the news paper also reported that the move apparently comes after recent statements by Indian leaders that New Delhi wants to gift a water reservoir to Kabul over the river as a token of friendship with Afghanistan.

Officials in Ministry of Energy and Water insisted and saying that we will not sign any agreement to harm the Afghanistan National interests.

Deputy Minister of Energy and Water Abdul Baseer Azimi said, “We will not sign any agreement on sharing of water of Afghanistan to harm the country’s National interests.”

Economy experts said Afghanistan water should be managed based on the International laws and regulations, insisting Afghanistan does need its water itself more than its neighboring countries.

Economy expert Najmuddin Sais said, “We need our water more than our neighboring countries do, we need to manage our water, it has been years our water used by our neighboring countries.”

The experts have also insisted that Afghan Government should use the water for irrigation thousands acres of lands in the country, greening Agriculture, and generation of electricity for the residents.

Pakistan and Afghanistan share at least seven rivers but have signed no agreement on how to jointly manage the water, this may become a major issue as ongoing power and irrigation projects upstream in Afghanistan on shared rivers may impact water flow.

Afghanistan is building dams on the Kunar and Kabul rivers – tributaries of the Indus, Islamabad, in turn, is building its own water storage and hydroelectric projects on the Kabul River and its tributaries, without consulting Afghanistan.

Pakistan is one of the world’s most water scare countries and desperately needs to build more water storage.

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First shipment of Indian wheat through Pakistan expected early February

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(Last Updated On: January 24, 2022)

India and Pakistan have reached an agreement over the transit of emergency aid to Afghanistan, The Times of India reported Monday.

TOI reported that this move will see 50,000 metric tons of wheat being sent overland from India to Afghanistan via Pakistan in early February.

Indian and Pakistani officials have reportedly worked on the agreement for two months.

India recently sent its third batch of assistance to Kabul, mostly life-saving medicines, by air.

According to the agreement, trucks from Afghanistan, operating under UN’s World Food Programme (WFP) will ferry Indian wheat from the India-Pakistan border to Afghanistan via Pakistan’s Torkham border crossing with Afghanistan.

Pakistan meanwhile announced that it has put all arrangements in place and was awaiting final confirmation from India for the despatch of the first consignment.

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Iran issues permit for transit of diesel to Afghanistan

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(Last Updated On: January 23, 2022)

Iranian government officials have announced that Tehran has issued a three-month permit for the transfer of diesel to Afghanistan, Hassan Kazemi Qomi, Special Representative of the President of Iran for Afghanistan, tweeted on Saturday.

He said the move was made following a request from Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA) officials in order for them to meet the needs of Afghans for fuel during winter.

“In order to meet the needs of the Afghan people in the winter and according to the request of the Afghan authorities from the Islamic Republic of Iran, a permit for the transit of diesel to Afghanistan from the territory of Iran was issued for three months,” he said.

Last week, a meeting of the IEA cabinet decided that a delegation would consider import options to meet the people’s fuel.

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Central Bank says ATM to get operational in Afghanistan

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(Last Updated On: January 14, 2022)

Da Afghanistan Bank (Central Bank of Afghanistan), said Thursday, said that Automated Teller Machine (ATM) services by commercial banks will be resumed in the country.

In a statement issued on Thursday, Da Afghanistan Bank stated that the decision was made after a series of discussions with commercial banks and the union of banks of the country.

The ATM services of banks were stalled after the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA) regained power on August 15 last year.

According to the statement, the ATMs will be available at specific locations for the customers.

“Da Afghanistan Bank is striving to return banking sector to normal and reactivating the ATMs is a good news [for people] and [Da Afghanistan Bank] is trying to bring further facilities to the people.” Reads the statement.

Da Afghanistan Bank, so far, has not disclosed the amount of money people can withdraw from the ATMs.

Currently, people can withdraw up to $400 from dollar-denominated accounts or 30,000 Afghanis a week from the previous limit of $200 or 20,000 Afghanis.

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