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AWCC expands communication, internet services in southern Afghanistan

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(Last Updated On: March 3, 2022)

The Afghan Wireless Communication Company (AWCC) has expanded communication and high speed internet services to remote parts of southern Afghanistan.

AWCC officials said on Thursday people can now access 3G and 4G internet as well as communication services in five districts of Helmand its provincial capital Lashkargah, Spin Boldak of Kandahar, Zabul capital Qalat and Uruzgan.

The AWCC is the only communications company that provides communication services in remote areas of Afghanistan.

AWCC officials also said that an internet cable between Kandahar and Uruzgan provinces that had been inactive for several years is active again.

“Following the recent developments, we tried to expand our services for people of Afghanistan, and went to remote areas, for instance, five district of northern Helmand, to provide communication services. We launched 4G services in Lashkargah of Helmand province. We launched 4G services in Spin Boldak which is a port town. We launched 4G in Zabul capital Qalat,” said Aliullah Sarwari, the director of AWCC.

AWCC officials said that they will continue to expand coverage of its services. According to them, expanding coverage and providing more services will also bring job opportunities for citizens.
“Our goal is to provide nationwide services for all the people of Afghanistan, facilitate balanced development and job opportunities for the people. We are committed to this and we will continue to provide services in Afghanistan,” he said.

Meanwhile, residents have welcomed the launch of AWCC’s communication and internet services in their localities.

This comes after AWCC and Afghan Post recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for facilities in the fields of communication, internet and postal services.

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Biden extends US national emergency over humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan

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(Last Updated On: February 5, 2023)

US President Joe Biden has extended for one more year the national emergency declared in his executive order with respect to the widespread humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan and the “potential for deepening economic collapse” in the country.

On February 11, 2022, Biden by an executive order declared a national emergency to deal with the “unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States” constituted by the widespread humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan and the potential for a deepening economic collapse in the country, the White House said.

“The widespread humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan — including the urgent needs of the people of Afghanistan for food security, livelihoods support, water, sanitation, health, hygiene, shelter and settlement assistance, and COVID-19-related assistance, among other basic human needs — and the potential for a deepening economic collapse in Afghanistan continue to pose an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States,” White House said in a notice released on February 3.

“In addition, the preservation of certain property of Da Afghanistan Bank (DAB) held in the United States by United States financial institutions is of the utmost importance to addressing this national emergency and the welfare of the people of Afghanistan,” the notice said.

“Various parties, including representatives of victims of terrorism, have asserted legal claims against certain property of DAB or indicated in public court filings an intent to make such claims. This property is blocked under Executive Order 14064.”

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Kandahar-Dubai flights resume

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(Last Updated On: February 5, 2023)

Local officials in Kandahar province say flights between Kandahar and Dubai have resumed for the first time since the IEA took control of Afghanistan in August 2021.

The head of Ahmad Shah Baba International Airport in Kandahar has said that the flights have been resumed by Kam Air, the largest private airline in Afghanistan.

Kam Air officials meanwhile said that the west and south zones have more traders and industrialists; therefore, they have resumed the flights.

It is said that round-trip flights will also soon start between Kandahar and New Delhi and Kandahar and China.

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At least 8,000 Afghan refugees return from Iran in past week

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(Last Updated On: February 5, 2023)

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA) authorities at the Refugee and Repatriation Department of Nimruz province announced that 7,612 Afghan refugees have returned to the country from Iran over the past week.

Sediqullah Nasrat, the director of the department said on Saturday that 519 refugees who were facing serious financial problems, received cash aid from the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

Nasrat added that IOM – the United Nations agency for migration – distributed food and other necessary items to the remaining families.

He said the 7,612 Afghan migrants returned to the country from Iran through the Abrishum border crossing.

This comes as the Ministry of Refugees and Repatriation on Saturday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with a private organization called ‘Osta’ to create employment opportunities for more than a thousand needy families.

Although many immigrants are forcibly returned to the country, the deterioration of the economic situation in Iran has also caused migrants to return to the country.

A number of immigration experts say that the new Afghan government should try to solve the problems of Afghan immigrants in host countries through diplomatic means, especially on the issue of accommodation, especially as many migrants do not have legal documents.

Although Iran and Pakistan have been hosting millions of Afghan refugees for years, recent developments in the country have increased the number of these migrants. Now, the Islamic Emirate says that they are trying to gradually provide job opportunities to the returning migrants.

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