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Russia Provides Military Support to Pakistan: Morgulov

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Russia says it is providing military support to Pakistan in order to improve its counter-terrorism capabilities.

Speaking at the Raisina Dialogue 2018 in New Delhi, Russia’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Igor Morgulov, said: “We provide support to Pakistan to improve its counter-terrorism capabilities. We sold several helicopters to Pakistan to help them to have their own counter-terrorism operations.”

He added that Pakistan is also suffering from terrorist attacks; therefore, Moscow is providing support to all the regional countries including Kabul and Islamabad to defeat the common threat of terrorism.

“First, we provide this support to Afghanistan. We are training Afghan national security forces. We are sending weapons to Afghan national security forces for free by the way and including those Kalashnikovs which then we don’t know where they go to,” he added.

Former President Hamid Karzai who was also present at the panel said Moscow and Islamabad relations are new; however, he said the U.S. has failed in Afghanistan because it has given more importance to Pakistan compared with Afghanistan.

“The Russian-Pakistan relationship is new and not as impactful as the American-Pakistan relationship. Russia is not as close to ISI as the CIA is. Russian military is not as close to the Pakistani military as the U.S. military is,” Karzai said. “[Once] when I pressed the U.S. delegation on Pakistan and their support to Pakistan and the continuity of extremism arriving from there to Afghanistan, the trouble that it cost to Afghanistan and the U.S. mission in Afghanistan, suddenly vice president (Joe) Biden got up from his place and said look Mr. Karzai, Pakistan is fifty times more important for us than you Afghanistan. That is the relationship that we should focus on.”

At the same event, Vijay Kumar Singh, an Indian politician and a retired four-star-general, said that focus has to be on ensuring that no support to extremism take place.

He also emphasized on the economical growth of Afghanistan in order to become self-sustained.

“[Afghanistan] has to take money to survive. Till the time that economy doesn’t improve, till the time we do not open the roads, till the time we do not allow free flow of trade and commerce. You will find that there will be a problem in Afghanistan where it will remain dependent. India’s interest lies in ensuring that Afghanistan becomes capable of ensuring what it had earlier in terms of a better economy,” Gen. Singh said.

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Nangarhar residents get essential food aid from Bayat Foundation

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(Last Updated On: December 8, 2021)

Afghan charity organization, the Bayat Foundation, has distributed food supplies to hundreds of deserving families in eastern Nangarhar province as part of their ongoing campaign to help reach as many people as possible.

The food parcels that include flour, rice, and cooking oil, were donated to families who had been displaced due to poverty and conflict in the province.

Bayat Foundation officials stated they had so far distributed essential food supplies to vulnerable people in Ghazni, Kunduz, Kandahar, Bamiyan, Herat, Balkh, and Khost provinces.

Every year the foundation provides needy families with essential food supplies ahead of Afghanistan’s harsh winters. This year, more people are being reached in different provinces due to the current humanitarian crisis gripping the country.

Haji Mohammad Ismail, Deputy Head of the Bayat Foundation, said: “Through its continued winter aid program, that the Bayat Foundation distributes every year, the assistance is now fortunately being distributed to other provinces.”

He said: “Today we came to Jalalabad city in Nangarhar province to distribute food supplies including flour, rice, and oil to a number of deserving people that were identified by the Bayat Foundation’s team in Nangarhar.”

The foundation stated it will continue its winter aid campaign, adding that further assistance will be sent to desperate families in other provinces.

Grateful recipients of the food aid and the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA) officials thanked the Bayat Foundation for their initiative and called on other charity organizations to step in to help at-risk families during the winter season.

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IEA welcomes Jakarta’s move to consider reopening Kabul embassy

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The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA) has welcomed Indonesia’s move to consider reopening its embassy in Kabul after withdrawing all staff in August.

On Tuesday, an Indonesian foreign ministry official said Jakarta may soon reopen its embassy in Kabul and initiate “constructive engagement” with the IEA.

Hamdullah Wasiq, the IEA’s deputy spokesman on Wednesday said: “We welcome the move by the Indonesian government, which will further strengthen the positive relations between the two countries.”

The Indonesian mission in Afghanistan has been run by its embassy in Pakistan since the chaotic withdrawal of the US military and the collapse of the former government, the Jakarta Globe reported.

“Our goal is to conduct constructive engagement, primarily in the context of humanitarian assistance, including assistance for women, academic scholarship, et cetera,” said Abdul Kadir Jailani, the ministry’s director-general for Asia, the Pacific, and Africa affairs.

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UNICEF launches historic $2 billion appeal to save the lives of millions of Afghans

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UNICEF launched its largest ever single-country appeal on Tuesday to urgently respond to the humanitarian needs of over 24 million people in Afghanistan, half of whom are children.

UNICEF said in a statement issued Tuesday that the appeal for US$2 billion will help to avert the imminent collapse of health, nutrition, WASH, education and other vital social services for children and families.

This comes amid a continuing humanitarian crisis. According to UNICEF there are alarming disruptions in health and nutrition services, a disastrous food crisis, drought, outbreaks of measles, acute watery diarrhea, polio and other preventable diseases, as well as the crippling onset of winter.

“The current humanitarian situation in Afghanistan is dire, especially for children. Winter has already set in and, without additional funding, UNICEF and partners will be unable to reach the children and families that need us the most,” said Alice Akunga, UNICEF Afghanistan Representative.

“As families struggle to put nutritious food on the table and health systems are further strained, millions of Afghan children are at risk of starvation and death. Others struggle to access water and sanitation, are cut off from their schools and at heightened risk of violence. As the desperation of families and children increases, UNICEF is doing everything possible to save and protect children,” she said.

UNICEF estimates that 1 in 2 children under five will be acutely malnourished and that outbreaks of life-threatening diseases continue, with over 60,000 cases of measles reported in 2021.

An estimated 8 of 10 Afghans drink bacteriologically contaminated water and 10 million children are at risk of dropping out of school if teacher salaries are not paid and crippling poverty levels continue.

According to UNICEF, the organization will prioritize life-saving interventions to treat children and provide other vital services.

UNICEF plans to use the funds to scale up services to treat one million children with severe acute malnutrition; vaccinate 10.5 million children against measles; provide safe water to 11.5 million people; and ensure that 7.5 million children are accessing education. The organization will also expand the use of humanitarian cash transfers to meet the basic needs of the most vulnerable families and children.

“UNICEF is strongly urging donors to support Afghanistan’s children through its humanitarian appeal,” added Akunga.

“We need to call to mind our common humanity and do everything it takes to keep children alive, well-fed, safe and learning. It won’t be easy but with the lives and wellbeing of so many children at stake, we must rise to the challenge. We appeal to the international community to stand with us, shoulder to shoulder, so that the children of Afghanistan can have the life and future that is their right.”

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