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Taliban disagrees with gov’t negotiating team formation

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(Last Updated On: March 29, 2020)

According to the Taliban, the negotiating team formed by the Afghan government contradicts the US-Taliban agreement – the team should be an all-inclusive one.

It comes as the Afghan government Friday officially announced names of the intra-Afghan dialogue negotiating team led by Masoum Stanakzai.

The Taliban however, does not agree with the formation of the team saying in a statement that the Afghan government could play the role of one of the parties around the negotiation table – introducing the negotiating team by Kabul goes against the agreement made with the US.

The statement adds that the peace negotiating team should be all-inclusive, one that represents all sides.

The Taliban has revealed names of its negotiating team comprised of 10 people pronounced as follows:

Mawlawi Ziauddin Waqif, Mawlawi Abdul Hameed Akhondzada, Hafiz Abdul Qadeer, Mawlawi Abdul Zahir Noman, Mawlawi Abdul Fatah Fatih, Mawlawi Abdul Hadi Akhondzada, Mawlawi Abdullah Rabit, Mawlawi Sediqullah Khabib, Zabihullah Noorani and Mohammad Nasim Hilal.

The Taliban’s team is going to visit Kabul to negotiate the prisoner releases.

Jawid Faisal, the spokesperson for the National Security Council, says, “The day is not exact. They will soon come and the negotiations will start.”

In the meantime, the NSC says that the Taliban doesn’t have the 1000 Afghan government prisoners; therefore, the group has intensified its violence to take more captives and meet the count.

The spokesperson Jawid Faisal, says, “The Taliban does not have any prison. The group only has places where they torture the captives; therefore, the group has suddenly increased its attacks to take more captives and meet the list. The Taliban is damaging the peace process.”

Moeen Tsamkanai, a political expert, says, “The government does not have information on its prisoners.”

One more thing that the government has conditionally been stating is that the Taliban will have to guarantee that once the prisoners released will not return to battlefields.

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France evacuates more than 300 people from Afghanistan

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(Last Updated On: December 4, 2021)

France has carried out an evacuation mission in Afghanistan, taking 258 Afghans as well as 11 French, about 60 Dutch nationals and an unspecified number of people linked to them out of the country, a French foreign ministry spokeswoman said on Friday.

The operation was organised with help from Qatar, a ministry statement said.

Since September 10, 110 French people and 396 Afghans have been evacuated from Afghanistan on 10 flights organised with the help of Qatar, the statement added.

France and Qatar jointly operated a humanitarian mission on Thursday, delivering medical equipment, food and winter supplies to international organisations operating in the country with a Qatari military plane, Reuters reported.

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) this week described an “alarming” socioeconomic outlook for Afghanistan for the next 13 months.

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UNHCR calls for more aid for forcibly displaced in Afghanistan

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(Last Updated On: December 3, 2021)

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, has appealed for much more support amid acute and rising humanitarian needs for 3.5 million people displaced by conflict inside Afghanistan – including 700,000 who were displaced in 2021.

In a statement released on Friday, UNHCR said that the forcibly displaced are facing a lack of insulated shelters, warm clothes, insufficient fuel for heating, and inadequate amounts of food and medical supplies as temperatures begin to plunge below freezing.

“The humanitarian crisis is escalating daily in Afghanistan. Hunger in the country has reached truly unprecedented levels. Nearly 23 million people – that’s 55 percent of the population – are facing extreme levels of hunger, and nearly 9 million of them are at risk of famine,” the statement read.

The organization emphasized that providing food supplies is an “immediate priority” to help avoid widespread starvation in the country.

“This year, UNHCR has assisted some 700,000 displaced people across the country the majority since mid-August. The race is on to reach more. Currently, we are able to reach nearly 60,000 people every week.”

“Further resources are urgently needed for the most vulnerable -single mothers with no shelter or food for their children, older persons who have been displaced are left to take care of orphaned grandchildren, and those taking care of loved ones with special needs.”

UNHCR has been bringing in relief supplies by road through Afghanistan’s neighboring countries and through humanitarian airlifts.

The organization noted that five more flights carrying UNHCR winter supplies from its global stockpiles in Amman are scheduled next week.

“UNHCR support will continue throughout the cold season until February 2022 to help forcibly displaced families cope with the extreme conditions. The response includes core relief items, such as thermal blankets and warm winter clothing. Shelters are being repaired and reinforced, while people are also being provided plastic sheeting and insulation materials to help weather-proof their shelters,” the statement said.

The organization added that vulnerable families are also being provided with cash assistance to meet additional needs during the coldest months, such as fuel for heating.

“Further support is urgently needed for UNHCR to continue delivering lifesaving aid this winter as we head into the coldest weeks of the season. UNHCR’s funding needs for the Afghanistan Situation in 2022 – including continued winter response – amount to US$374.9 million,” the statement concluded.

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Security forces rescue girl, arrest 9 kidnappers in Balkh operation

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The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA) forces have rescued an abducted girl in northern Balkh province, officials said Friday.

Sadra. 9, was kidnapped in PD3 of Mazar-i-Sharif city, the capital of Balkh, on Tuesday while she was going to school.

IEA officials stated that Sadra had been rescued in a joint operation of security forces in the city.

One of the kidnappers was killed, and nine others were arrested during the raid, officials said.

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