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Ghani states a stable Afghanistan would benefit the region



(Last Updated On: March 30, 2021)

President Ashraf Ghani said Tuesday at the 9th Heart of Asia Ministerial Conference in Dushanbe, in Tajikistan, that a stable Afghanistan is in the interests of all countries in the region.

Addressing delegates at the meeting Ghani said peace today is not just a wish for the Afghan nation but a necessity for the people.

He also said Afghans have been deprived of this right to peace for 42 years.

“We want peace because peace today is not just a wish for our people but a necessity. We and our partners are looking for a solution and peace,” Ghani said.

Ghani also said that a regional consensus on this issue is vital to Afghans and said he hopes Tuesday’s Heart of Asia Conference will bring an end to the ongoing war in Afghanistan.

Ghani also said that transfer of power to another president in Afghanistan must be done in accordance with the Constitution.

“The Taliban must call a ceasefire and the international community must monitor the ceasefire,” Ghani said.

Ghani also said instead of war the Taliban must put their legitimate demands on the table.

Reiterating earlier statements, Ghani said Afghanistan is in a position to play the role of an Asian crossroads in the region and that good relations between countries in Central Asia was critical to the development of Afghanistan.

“Afghanistan-Tajikistan relations are based on mutual respect and trust,” he added.

On the issue of borders with neighboring countries, Ghani stated Afghanistan hopes its borders will become an example of mutual cooperation.

Meanwhile, foreign minister Hannef Atmar said at the Heart of Asia conference that the international community supports the idea that Afghanistan’s achievements of the last two decades should be preserved when it comes to the peace efforts.

Meanwhile, Tajikistan President Emomali Rahmon announced his country’s support in all sectors, especially in helping Afghanistan achieve a lasting peace.

“We are ready to work with Afghanistan to implement key projects. The experience of forty years of war in Afghanistan shows that there is no military solution to the Afghan crisis,” Rahmon said.

Rahmon also announced his support for the Afghan government’s stance in peace talks and he called on countries in both the region and the world to work for peace with the government and people of Afghanistan.

The pain of the citizens of Afghanistan is the pain of the Tajik people, Rahmon said.

“We will take effective steps to resolve the Afghan crisis. “Tajikistan wants peace in Afghanistan, and cooperation with Afghanistan is a priority in Tajikistan’s foreign policy.” Rahmon added.

Referring to Tajikistan’s past, Rahmon said: “The process of national reconciliation in our country took five years. Thousands of our citizens settled in Afghanistan. In the same days, Professor Burhanauddin Rabbani and Ahmad Shah Massoud, made a historic service, and the first talks between the Tajiks took place in Kabul.”

A civil war was fought in Tajikistan almost immediately after independence from the Soviet Union, lasting from 1992 to 1997. Since the end of the war, newly established political stability and foreign aid have allowed the country’s economy to grow.

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Hundreds of needy families receive aid packages in Paktia



(Last Updated On: March 28, 2023)

Hundreds of needy families in Gerda Seray district of Paktia province have received aid packages in the holy month of Ramadan, local officials said.

The packages have been distributed by a German foundation to residents of this district.

Khalil Rahman Haqqani, Minister of Refugees and Repatriations, said the ministry is fully prepared to meet the needs of internally displaced persons (IDPs) and returnees.

While distributing aid to those in need in this district, the minister asked international organizations to cooperate with Afghanistan in dealing with IDPs.

Habibullah Shahzad, head of Paktia migrant affairs department, meanwhile said that these aid packages include flour, oil, sugar, beans, tea, gas cylinders and blankets.

The recipients are happy that they have received aid in the holy month of Ramadan, but say they need more aid to meet their needs.

According to the refugees ministry, there are currently more than one million IDPs in the country who need emergency assistance in addition to shelter.

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Daesh claims responsibility for attack near Afghan foreign ministry



(Last Updated On: March 28, 2023)

Daesh has claimed responsibility for the suicide attack that killed at least six civilians in Afghanistan’s capital Kabul on Monday, Reuters reported.

The group published the details of a suicide bomber, on its Telegram account, saying that the attack was carried out by “Abdul Hameed Khorasani.”

Monday’s attack was condemned by several national and international individuals and organizations, including the UN mission in Afghanistan.

“Reports of numerous casualties in today’s attack in Kabul-at least one child among them. It is unacceptable that ordinary Afghans continue to be targeted as they go about their daily lives,” UNAMA said in a tweet.

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AWCC launches 3G services in a remote area of Kunar province



(Last Updated On: March 28, 2023)

Afghan Wireless Communication Company (AWCC) has rolled out 3G services to the remote Chaghan district in the northeastern province of Kunar.

Being so remote, Chaghan residents have struggled with limited telecommunications in the past but this week they welcomed AWCC’s initiative.

Officials in the area also welcomed the move and said the new infrastructure installed in Chaghan also helps cover surrounding areas.

“An AWCC site was opened in a dominant location. This is a very good place. It is connected to the [provincial] center and covers some areas of Marawar district and Watepur district. We are grateful to AWCC,” said Sajjad, provincial director of communications.

Ejazul Haq Yousufzai, head of Afghanistan Telecom Regulatory Authority (ATRA) in Kunar, said efforts are ongoing for the development of telecommunication services so as to reach all districts in the province.

Local authorities in Kunar expressed their appreciation for the provision of telecommunication and internet services by AWCC and acknowledged that the services provided by the company are of a good quality.

“First of all, we are very grateful to the employees of AWCC for providing these services to the people of Kunar. We ask all companies and institutions to provide such services to the mountainous province of Kunar,” provincial governor, Ahmad Taha, said.

Abdullah Haqqani, deputy governor of Kunar, said: “Kunar is a mountainous province. The number of [cellphone] towers is not enough. We demand that problems faced by the people get solved.”

Local residents also expressed their satisfaction with the recent move of AWCC.

“The opening of this site is a great achievement for these two valleys. With this, these two valleys were connected to the center. The problems that people were facing before have now been solved,” Hayatullah, a resident of Kunar province, said.

Meanwhile, AWCC officials in the eastern zone assured the people of Kunar that the company will provide telecommunication services to all remote areas of the province.

“This site plays a key role for these two valleys, Dangam, Ghazi Abad, Nari, Watepur and up to Nuristan. Without the site, other sites cannot provide these services,” said Attaullah Sahil, head of AWCC in the eastern zone.

With the improvement of the security situation, AWCC has not only expanded its telecommunication services in the eastern zone, but it has covered many remote areas of the zone with 3G and 4G internet services.

Kunar province lies in the northeastern section of the country and borders northern Pakistan. The vast majority of the province is mountainous and extremely rugged.

The province is dominated by the lower Hindu Kush mountains which are cut by the Kunar River to form the forested Kunar Valley. The mountains, narrow valleys with steep walls, and rivers present formidable natural obstacles and have historically constrained all movement through the province.

Even in the early 21st century, movement on foot, with pack animals, or with motorized vehicles is extremely limited and channeled due to the significant geographic restrictions.

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