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British Nationals to Avoid Travelling Afghanistan: UK Warns

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(Last Updated On: January 5, 2020)

In a statement on the official website of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, UK nationals have been warned to avoid unnecessary movements in most parts of Afghanistan.

The statement underlines that hotels and guesthouses are also subject to direct threats; therefore, no official visits should be made there as well as the Enhanced Security Zone Kabul, Hamid Karzai International Airport, and Panjshir and Bamian provinces. 

It adds that “the British nationals in the region should remain vigilant and keep up to date with the latest developments, including via the media and this travel advice.”

These warnings come after the killing of General Qassem Soleimani and some Hashd al-Shaabi leaders in a US airstrike in Baghdad on January the 3rd, 2020.

 

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IEA says 611 local and foreign NGOs were active in Afghanistan in past year

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(Last Updated On: February 4, 2023)

The Ministry of Economy says out of 2,570 local and foreign non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that are registered with the ministry, 611 of them were active in 2022.

According to officials, most of these active organizations are aid agencies and have provided humanitarian assistance in various parts of the country.

“In total, 2,570 local and foreign non-governmental organizations are registered with the Ministry of Economy, of which 611 organizations were active in 2022,” said Abdulrahman Habib, the ministry’s spokesperson.

Habib said that all programs of these active organizations are compliant with the principles and regulations of the ministry.

Economic experts meanwhile say that according to the current situation, the activities of non-governmental organizations in cooperation with international organizations are helping to alleviate poverty. They have called on the Islamic Emirate to provide more facilities for the activities of these institutions in the country.

“Seventy-eight percent of Afghan people are unemployed, and the presence of non-governmental organizations is very important in the current situation,” said Abdul Nasir Reshtia, a member of the private sector.

However, officials from this ministry have emphasized the need for NGOs to operate in accordance with the law.
According to them, in the past year, almost 500 new NGOs have registered with the ministry.

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Pakistan to appeal to IEA leader over Peshawar mosque bombing

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Islamabad will ask the supreme leader of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA) to rein in militants in Pakistan after a suicide bombing killed scores of police in a mosque, AFP reported on Saturday.

Detectives have blamed an affiliate of the Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan (TTP) for Monday’s blast in Peshawar which killed more than 100 people inside a fortified police headquarters.

Special assistant to Pakistan’s Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, Faisal Karim Kundi, said delegations would be sent to Tehran and Kabul to “ask them to ensure that their soil is not used by terrorists against Pakistan”.

A senior Pakistani police official in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province where Monday’s blast took place told AFP the Kabul delegation would hold “talks with the top brass”.

“When we say top brass, it means… Afghan Taliban chief Hibatullah Akhundzada,” the official said.

On Wednesday, IEA’s Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi said that Pakistan should stop blaming Afghanistan for its insecurity.

Muttaqi said that the root of Pakistan’s security problems is in the country itself and should not be attributed to Afghanistan.

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Netherlands to compensate relatives of victims of Afghanistan airstrike

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The Dutch government announced Friday it will not appeal a court order to pay compensation to relatives of civilians who were killed in an airstrike in Afghanistan.

The Defense Ministry said in a statement that there would be no objection to the ruling that calls for compensation to relatives of civilians who died in 2007 in the operation in the Chora district of Uruzgan province, the Associated Press reported.

The District Court of The Hague found in November that the late-night attack violated international humanitarian law. The court sided with four survivors of the attack who sued the Dutch state for compensation.

The defense ministry argued that buildings were being used by the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA) fighters when the military hit the walled compound, known as a “quala,” with munitions fired from attack helicopters and F-16s.

In a letter to lawmakers Friday, Defense Minister Kajsa Ollongren said that 15 years after the attack, the ministry “does not have any further or additional information to substantiate the fact that the quala was a military target at that time.”

“The State will therefore not lodge an appeal. The State will comply with the court’s ruling by proceeding to pay compensation. The extent of the damage has yet to be determined,” she wrote.

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