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Ghani Blames Taliban for Recent Tragedy in Kabul

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(Last Updated On: December 26, 2018)

President Ashraf Ghani blames the Taliban insurgent group for all ongoing violence in Afghanistan.

Speaking during the introduction ceremony of two anti-Taliban figures as Afghan defense and interior ministers, Ghani said that Taliban cannot distance themselves from the recent attack on civilians in Kabul.

“Peace is a complicated process and we experienced this complexity in Abu Dhabi. But despite all complexities, we will make our efforts to reach to the goals,” Ghani said while referring to the recent meeting between U.S.-Taliban in Abu Dhabi where Taliban refused to sit with the government delegation.

On Monday, several gunmen attacked a governmental building and killed nearly 50 people, mostly civilians. Taliban denied their involvement and no group including Daesh has claimed responsibility for the attack yet.

“I’m calling on the Taliban that you cannot distance yourself from the recent attack by condemning the attack. Even if the Taliban were not directly involved in this tragedy, but they have paved the ground for others to perform such catastrophe,” Ghani added.

At the same time, a number of Afghan lawmakers criticize the government for its failure to prevent such attacks, adding that the Afghan peace process is ambiguous.

Allah Gul Mujahid, an MP from the capital Kabul said that Afghans have no role in peace and war and the process is in the hand of foreigners.

“The recent attack shows that there is another force inside Afghanistan that does not want peace, the barbaric attack happened as the foreign minister of [Pakistan] was holding peace talks in the presidential palace and this was surprising,” said Abdul Rahim Ayoubi, an MP from southern Kandahar province.

Also, on Wednesday reports emerged that Iran has been holding talks with the Afghan Taliban with the knowledge of the Afghan government.

Ali Shamkhani, the secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council, made the announcement during his visit with the Afghan National Security Advisor in Kabul on December 26.

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Former commander of Faryab’s uprising forces returns to Afghanistan

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(Last Updated On: June 26, 2022)

A well-known commander of former uprising forces in Faryab province, Nizamuddin Qaisari, returned to Afghanistan on Sunday after fleeing the country.

Qaisari’s returns comes after efforts were made by the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s (IEA) Contact Commission with Afghan Personalities.

Speaking at a meeting after his arrival, Qaisari said the reason for his return is so he can serve his country. He also called on the IEA to form an inclusive government that represents all ethnic groups in the country

“I came for my people; now we have Islamic government; I want to help and work for the government if they want [me] to; I am ready to serve,” Qaisari said. “I am here to unify people, Pashtun, Hazara, Tajik and others.”

The IEA meanwhile welcomes the return of political figures, even those who were once opposed to the Islamic Emirate, the IEA has said.

Experts believe that Afghanistan is the shared home of all Afghans, and the return of political figures and experts in various fields can provide the basis for lasting stability as well as growth and prosperity of Afghanistan.

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Polio vaccination campaign rolls out in western Afghanistan

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(Last Updated On: June 26, 2022)

More than one million Afghan children are expected to be vaccinated over the next few days in the latest polio vaccination campaign that was launched in western Afghanistan on Sunday.

Officials said the campaign will run for four days and be conducted across four provinces in the western region.

Waheed Rahmani, head of the vaccination campaign, said that 1.1 million children under the age of five are expected to receive the polio drops, including 720,000 in Herat province.

He said that so far there are no obstacles in the way of rolling out the campaign.

Volunteers said that they hope to reach all the children who need to be vaccinated.

“I along with my team will work honestly to make Afghanistan free from polio virus,” said Fina Nezami, a volunteer.

“I hope that Afghanistan becomes polio-free and we are happy to go door to door for vaccinations,” said Yagana Nabizada, another volunteer.

Local health officials have assured the public that all areas will be covered by the campaign.

“We have not forgotten areas, and while planning vaccination programs, all the areas are reviewed and if any area is left out, it will be immediately covered,” said Mohammad Asif Kabir, provincial deputy health director.

Around 728,000 children received polio drops in the previous campaign in Herat. Around 5,000 volunteers are involved in the current campaign in Herat.

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China pledges over $7 million in aid for quake victims

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(Last Updated On: June 26, 2022)

China’s ambassador to Kabul Wang Yu met with Afghanistan’s acting foreign minister Amir Khan Muttaqi and said his country would provide emergency aid worth 50 million Yuan ($7.5 million) for victims of last week’s earthquake. 

At a meeting on Saturday in Kabul, Wang also said that MCC Mes Aynak copper mining contractor would provide $200,000 in aid. 

Wang said on Twitter: “Chinese enterprises will definitely fulfill their social responsibilities. The friendship between 2 countries and peoples will be further strengthened.”

Muttaqi thanked the Chinese government and people for the timely assistance and assured Wang that the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA) authorities would distribute the aid promptly, fairly and transparently, state-run Bakhtar news agency reported. 

Aid provided by China will include tents, sheets, fold up beds, and other items urgently needed by the Afghan people. The first batch of aid is scheduled to arrive by charter flight on Monday, Bakhtar reported.

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