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The State Ministry for Peace announces a three-stage guideline to reach peace

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(Last Updated On: January 8, 2020)

The deputy of the ministry says the first stage is aligning the conventions and meetings, the second stage for both the government and Taliban, is recognizing their priorities, and the third stage is monitoring the implementation of the agreement terms. However, the head of the Afghan Civil Society says that the government should agree on a ceasefire first because reaching a conclusion without a ceasefire is very difficult.

In this consultation, the convention of the civil associations, the approaches on how they can enhance the peace process is being discussed. But more importantly, the State Ministry for Peace presents a three-stage guideline concerning pre, middle, and post peace negotiation affairs.

Prior to the agreement, the aim is to keep the negotiations continued. During the negotiations, the identification of the priorities is necessary for both parties; and after the agreement, monitoring its implementation is of great importance.

“Before the agreement is made, we try to effectively mobilize and align any party that could potentially influence the peace process, such as the civil society and the regional and international community. During the negotiations, we want to recognize discrepancies between the Taliban and the government and discuss them to establish mutually acceptable solutions. After the peace agreement has been endorsed, we want to closely regulate to supervise it and make sure the terms are legitimately adapted”, says Ghulam Yahya Abbasi, Deputy of the State Ministry for Peace.

In the Civil Society Association’s perspective, reaching to a ceasefire is vital, since it can tremendously ease the negotiation process.

Recently, there have been rumors about formation of a national assembly that would include all tribal groups of Afghanistan, university professors, political parties and civil society. The result of which could be the emersion of a strategic and long term agenda for peace.

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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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(Last Updated On: December 2, 2021)

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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