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Abduction of Afghan envoy’s daughter sparks criticism

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(Last Updated On: July 18, 2021)

Kabul residents voiced their anger over the abduction of the Afghan envoy’s daughter in Islamabad on Sunday and held a protest in front of Pakistan’s embassy.

The protestors accused Pakistan of negligence and not safeguarding Afghan diplomats and their family members.

“I think Pakistan should acknowledge that it can’t control ISI policy. They can’t provide security and protection to the Afghan diplomats. They should announce this officially,” said Shinkai Karokhail, annMP.

“We want Pakistan to avoid such crimes, we also want UN and OIC to ask Pakistan to stop interfering in Afghanistan,” said Fahim Kohdamani, a civil society activist.

The protestors called on the Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) to pursue the case seriously, and also called on Pakistan to arrest the perpetrators.

MoFA in reaction to the abduction summoned Mansoor Ahmad Khan, Pakistan’s envoy in Kabul.

The MoFA “explicitly called on the Pakistani government to take immediate action to identify and punish the perpetrators of this crime and ensure the full security and immunity of Afghan diplomats and their families in accordance with international conventions,” said MoFA.

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, meanwhile, ordered his country’s interior minister to arrest the perpetrators with in 48 hours.

Sheikh Rashid Ahmed, Pakistan’s interior minister said that investigations are underway in to the abduction.

This comes after MoFA on Saturday said that the daughter of the Afghan Ambassador to Islamabad, Pakistan, was abducted on Friday.

In a statement issued on Saturday, MoFA stated that Silsila Alikhil, the daughter of Najibullah Alikhil, was abducted for several hours and severely tortured by unknown individuals while on her way home.

“After being released from the kidnappers’ captivity, Ms. Alikhil is under medical care at the hospital,” the statement said.

MoFA strongly condemned the “heinous act” and expressed its deep concern over the safety and security of diplomats, their families, and staff members of the Afghan political and consular missions in Pakistan

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Otunbayeva meets acting head of TVET in Kabul

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The head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) emphasized the need for the inclusion of women and girls in vocational education on Monday in a meeting with Ghulam Haider Shahamat, acting head of Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET).

In this meeting, Roza Otunbayeva said that vocational training is necessary for the economic development of Afghanistan and women and girls should be included.

Shahamat also expressed that technical and vocational education is effective for poverty alleviation and the growth of the country’s economy.

“The Technical Vocational Education and Training has 383 institutes and high schools all over Afghanistan, which operate in 250 districts and have 6850 staff,” said Shahamat.

Meanwhile, some experts say that Afghanistan needs to develop and create job opportunities for everyone, especially women and girls, and all international institutions play a constructive role for Afghanistan’s progress.

“All organizations which work under the framework of the United Nations can have positive roles in Afghanistan,” said Sarah Rahmani, women rights activist.

In this meeting, the head of the United Nations Cultural and Scientific Organization (UNESCO) was also present and emphasized on signing an agreement and creating a joint working group between both institutions.

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Afghanistan’s central bank to auction $17 million this week

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Da Afghanistan Bank (DAB) has announced that it will auction $17 million on Wednesday as part of the efforts to stabilize the value of the Afghan currency against foreign currencies.

In a series of tweets on Monday, the Central Bank of Afghanistan asked qualified private banks and exchange companies to participate in the auction.

The winners of the auction are obliged to settle their accounts by the end of the day. As per the announcement, partial settlement of transactions is not allowed and the winners of the auction are obliged to transfer the payable amount to the central bank in cash within a certain time.

This is the second time in a week the central bank is auctioning US dollars to keep the value of Afghani stable.

The exchange rate was 90 AFN to the US dollar on Monday, February 6, 2023. The central bank sold $16 million on Sunday.

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Russia has no plans to close its embassy in Afghanistan, says envoy

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Russia has no plans to close its diplomatic mission in Kabul, Director of the Russian Foreign Ministry’s Second Asian Department Zamir Kabulov told TASS on Monday.

Earlier, the Al-Arabiya TV channel reported that the authorities of several Arab and Western countries decided to close their diplomatic missions in Kabul because of security threats.

“Such thoughts have not even occurred,” Kabulov said, when asked whether Russia had such plans.

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