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Six Civilians Killed in Irresponsible Armed Groups Gunfight in Takhar

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(Last Updated On: May 21, 2019)

At least six civilians were killed after clashes erupted between two irresponsible armed groups in Takhar province of Afghanistan, a security official said.

Local officials and residents of Chah Ab district said on Tuesday that two irresponsible groups are fighting in the district since the last two days.

According to the reports, armed men of Bashir Qanet, an irresponsible commander of Hizb-e Islami, and senator Afzal Shamal are fighting each other.

Local residents further said that government offices and schools are closed and residents cannot go out from their homes due to fierce fighting.

Meanwhile, Hashmatullah Muslim the Acting Police Chief of Takhar said that six civilians and an irresponsible gunman have been killed as a result of the clashes.

He added that security forces have been deployed to the area to control the situation.

This comes as this week at least 10 people were killed and seven others injured after clashes erupted between another irresponsible armed group and residents of a village in Rustaq district of the province.

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Biden defiantly defends Afghanistan exit, makes ‘no apologies’

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(Last Updated On: January 20, 2022)

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His administration drew criticism for the way troops were withdrawn and the sudden collapse of the previous government.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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Pakistan played major role in peace, stability of Afghanistan: Arif Alvi

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(Last Updated On: January 20, 2022)

Pakistan’s President Arif Alvi has said that Pakistan played a major role in the peace and stability in Afghanistan and that Islamabad made sure Kabul was not isolated.

Alvi said in a media interview, that during the recent Economic Cooperation Organisation (ECO) summit he told its members that Pakistan saved Afghanistan from being isolated.

He also stated that during the extraordinary meeting of the foreign ministers of OIC in Islamabad, Pakistan, in December, he portrayed the actual picture of the war-torn country.

He also said the world has recognized Prime Minister Imran Khan’s initiatives.

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ILO estimates underscore Afghanistan employment crisis

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(Last Updated On: January 20, 2022)

Job losses in Afghanistan following the change in administration in August 2021 totaled more than half a million in the third quarter and may reach 900,000 by mid-2022, according to new estimates released by the International Labour Organization (ILO).

According to the ILO, the estimated 14% loss by mid-2022 reflects workers pushed out of employment due to the change in administration and ensuing economic crisis as well as restrictions on women’s participation in the workplace.

The total number of hours worked in the Afghan economy is estimated to have dropped by 13% in the third quarter of 2021 compared to a hypothetical scenario with no change in administration.

The ILO said key sectors have been devastated since the collapse of the former government including agriculture, the civil service and the construction industry which have all seen large-scale job losses or workers go unpaid.

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