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Pres. Ghani’s Criticism of Appointments within MoFA is ‘Understandable’

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345345545The Foreign Affairs Ministry (MoFA) says President Ashraf Ghani’s criticism of appointments within the ministry is “understandable”.

President Ghani on Monday during the third annual European Union Anti-Corruption Conference said that diplomats in the Foreign Ministry have been appointed not based on their eligibility but hired more of patronage.

“Ministry of Foreign Affairs is going to be subjected to the regular Civil Service rules. Everybody complains that this is based on patronage. We are not going to tolerate,” Ghani said, “I went to one embassy, English speaking in four of the people there did not speak a word of English, this is unacceptable.”

In reaction to Ghani’s remarks, the Foreign Affairs Ministry said the President’s criticism is understandable.

“It is necessity & understandable, and the government is determined to work in regard,” MoFA Spokesman, Shekib Mustaghni said.

This comes as the following the Afghan ambassadors have been hired by President Ghani.

– Shukria Barekzia, Afghan ambassador to Norway

– Hamdullah Mohib, Afghan ambassador to the United States

– Ali Ahmad Jalali, Afghan ambassador to Germany

– Shenkai Karokhil, Afghan ambassador to Canada

– Janan Musazai, Afghan ambassador to China

– Omar Zakhilwal, Afghan ambassador to Pakistan

– Qayum Kochai, Afghan ambassador to Russia

– Abdullah Habibi, Afghan ambassador to Kazakhstan

– Qadam Shah Shaheem, Afghan ambassador to Jordon

– Sayed Jalal, Afghan ambassador to Saudi Arabia

– Ameen Fatemi, Afghan ambassador to Japan

– Wahid Waisi, Afghan ambassador to Australia

– Shaida Abdali, Afghan ambassador to India

According to critics, one of the reasons of ongoing crisis in Afghanistan is unmarried appointments within the institutions that often considered by the Unity Government leaders.

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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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