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Afghanistan summons Pakistani ambassador over Khost, Kunar strikes

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(Last Updated On: April 16, 2022)

Afghanistan’s foreign ministry on Saturday summoned Pakistan’s ambassador, Mansoor Ahmad Khan, to lodge protest over recent airstrikes by the Pakistani military in Khost and Kunar provinces.

Dozens of people, including women and children, have reportedly been killed in the airstrikes.

Afghan acting foreign minister, Amir Khan Muttaqi, told the Pakistani envoy that military aggression by Pakistan should be prevented as it strains relations between the two neighbors, according to a statement from foreign ministry.

He also said that ill-wishers of the two countries would exploit tensions between the two countries.

Afghan deputy defense minister, Mullah Shirin Akhund, was also present at the meeting, and the Afghan side submitted a letter of protest to the envoy to share it with high-level authorities of Pakistan.

Pakistan Amy jets carried out airstrikes in a number of villages in the Spera district of Khost province in eastern Afghanistan before dawn on Saturday, local media reported citing officials.

Local residents said that at least 30 people, including women and children, were killed in the attacks. The dead were members of two families, according to reports.

Separately, the Pakistani army also carried out airstrikes in some parts of Kunar province, local media reported.

At least five children and a woman were killed in the airstrikes in Shaltan district, local residents said.

Pakistani authorities have not made any official comment on the airstrikes so far.

Local media in Pakistan reported that the attacks targeted members of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).

Meanwhile, Pakistan’s foreign ministry has summoned the Afghan charge d’affaires in Islamabad to lodge protest over the cross-border attack on Thursday, local media reported.

The ministry in a statement said that Pakistan strongly condemned such cross-border firing incidents and demanded strict action against those responsible.

Pakistan also demanded the Afghan charge d’affaires to ask the Kabul administration for enhancing the security measures in the border areas and make bilateral contacts more effective to avoid such incidents, according to the statement.

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Earthquake victims in Gayan district still in need of food and shelter

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(Last Updated On: June 25, 2022)

Hundreds of survivors of this week’s earthquake, who lost family members and their homes, are still in desperate need of help.

Sayed Bakhta, one of the survivors said that he has lost four family members and two others are hospitalized, adding that survivors are dealing with a lack of food and no shelter.

“We have no shelter here now, we don’t have food, all the victims are sitting outside without having shelter,” he said.

A number of Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s (IEA) officials who have visited Gayan district of Paktika say that almost 90 percent of residential areas have been destroyed.

“Almost 90 percent of residences are destroyed; only a few them are suitable for living, most of them are uninhabitable,” said Qalandar Ebad, acting minister of public health.

In the meantime, rugged roads have hampered relief efforts as Gayan victims grapple with a humanitarian crisis, but military helicopter try to deliver aid to the victims.

“According to the order of the Prime Minister, a meeting was held and according to that meeting, the ministries and donor organizations were instructed to come to the earthquake site as soon as possible and use all their facilities to save the people,” said Sharafuddin Muslim, deputy Minister of State for Disaster Management.

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121 children among those killed in Afghanistan earthquake: UNICEF

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(Last Updated On: June 25, 2022)

The United Nations children’s agency said on Friday 121 of those who were killed in the 6.1-magnitude earthquake in Afghanistan this week were children.

Mohamed Ayoya, UNICEF Representative to Afghanistan, said as of late Thursday night, at least 1,036 people were reported killed and more than 1,643 reported injured.

The toll included 121 deaths and 67 injuries among the children, according to the official.

He said that Bermal district in Paktika province has the highest number of casualties and that several thousand homes were destroyed or damaged.

“Children and adolescents are extremely vulnerable and at high-risk of family separation, emotional and psychological distress, abuse and exploitation, and other forms of violence,” Ayoya said.

“UNICEF, in coordination with UN agencies, partners, and the de facto authorities (led by the Ministry of Defence) is rapidly preparing a multi-sectoral response covering health, WASH, child protection, nutrition, education, social mobilization, and including a cash component,” Ayoya said.
“UNICEF will be conducting a rapid market assessment in the affected areas in the upcoming days. The assessment will inform the feasibility and appropriateness of cash as a response to support early recovery. UNICEF has already trained partners for beneficiary registration on the ground.”

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Pakistan dispatches second consignment of earthquake relief

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(Last Updated On: June 25, 2022)

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Friday dispatched eight trucks loaded with relief goods for earthquake victims in Afghanistan.

According to a statement issued by the Pakistan government, the consignment, arranged by the National Disaster Management Authority, has been handed over to Afghan authorities.

The consignment consists of family tents, tarpaulins, blankets and emergency medicines.

“Pakistan is committed to continue supply of relief goods to Afghan brethren,” the statement read.

This comes after Pakistan sent in earthquake aid on Wednesday, just hours after the 6.1 magnitude earthquake hit Afghanistan’s eastern provinces, killing over 1,000 people and destroying thousands of houses.

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