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Peace council leaders meet to discuss new US proposal

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(Last Updated On: March 14, 2021)

The Leadership Committee of the High Council for National Reconciliation (HCNR) met on Sunday afternoon to discuss Washington’s new peace plan and the planned Moscow and Turkey peace summits.

First Vice President Amrullah Saleh; Second Vice President Sarwar Danish, National Security Advisor Hamdullah Mohib, former President Hamid Karzai; President Ashraf Ghani’s Senior Advisor Mohammad Mohaqiq; former Jihadi leader Abdul Rasul Sayyaf; Chief Executive of Jamiat-e-Islami Party Atta Mohammad Noor, and a number of other prominent politicians attended the meeting.

Abdullah Abdullah, Chairman of the HCNR stated: “We discussed the peace process, the new US proposal, the upcoming peace conferences in Moscow and Turkey, and the latest political developments in the country.”

“We reiterated our full support for the peace efforts, called for a just political settlement and an immediate end to violence,” Abdullah tweeted.

Abdullah said the Leadership Committee of the HCNR has also expressed its support for further regional and international coordination.

This comes after the US proposed the new peace plan for Afghanistan earlier this month and suggested the establishment of a transitional government and a high-level summit in Turkey.

Meanwhile, Russia has also invited the Afghan government, the Taliban, and representatives from a number of foreign countries to attend a conference on the Afghan peace process in Moscow.

Russian Special Envoy for Afghanistan Zamir Kabulov told Russian news outlets that all the participants invited to attend the Moscow peace meeting next week have confirmed their attendance.

The Russia-backed Moscow summit is scheduled for March 18, while the US-backed peace conference will be held in Turkey in April.

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Bayat Foundation in Ghazni to help needy families

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(Last Updated On: December 2, 2021)

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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(Last Updated On: December 2, 2021)

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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