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Ghani’s remarks spark widespread reaction

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(Last Updated On: August 19, 2021)

Many Afghans have slammed former president Ashraf Ghani for having fled the country ahead of the Taliban take over and said his statement on Facebook sums up his disregard for the country and its people.

Ghani’s critics say he left the country in the midst of a crisis.

Ghani, who has taken refuge in the United Arab Emirates, said in a video message Wednesday night that he had left the country to save his life as he feared being assassinated but said he hoped to return soon.

But a senior official from Ghani’s government said the former president had asked for his diplomatic passport days before leaving and that he knew what he was doing. 

Thousands of Afghans trying to leave the country with the help of foreign embassies have blamed Ghani for the current situation and said he was responsible for the violence before he fled the country. 

Shazia, one resident who is trying to leave the country because of her children, said she now faces a very uncertain future. 

“May Ashraf Ghani’s house be ruined, he stole the country’s money and left the people with no destiny,” Shazia said. 

“The culprit is Ashraf Ghani now it is clear to the whole nation,” said another resident Rabani. 

“The people themselves are shocked about what to do, everyone is escaping from poverty and misery,” said Azatullah, another resident. 

Ghani, who has taken refuge in Abu Dhabi, in the UAE, described his escape in a video message which he posted to his Facebook page on Wednesday night.

“Sunday after I went to the Ministry of Defense’s headquarters to check the situation in Kabul, suddenly my bodyguards arrived to thwart a large conspiracy and ousted me,” Ghani said.

But some former foreign ministry officials have rejected Ghani’s claims and said he asked for his diplomatic passport from the ministry a few days before fleeing the country. They said he had already planned to go. 

Ghani meanwhile said in his video message that he did not take large amounts of cash with him, as reported. 

“I did not take any money with me and I was not even able to change my shoes when I left my homeland and take my personal notes and laptop computer, which were ‘government secret documents’ and are now ‘in the hands of others’,” Ghani said. 

According to reports, Ghani, Hamdallah Moheb, and Fazl Mahmoud Fazli and dozens of his entourage first flew to Uzbekistan on a special flight and from there took refuge in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

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AWCC rolls out internet services to Nangarhar’s Hesarak district

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(Last Updated On: February 23, 2024)

Officials from Afghan Wireless Communications Company (AWCC) say they have activated 3G and 2G internet services in Hesarak district of Nangarhar province.

The company’s officials said that now thousands of families in this district have access to the internet.

They added that the company will expand 3G and 2G internet services in other districts of this province as well.

“This base is built as standard and today we activated 3G and 2G internet services here,” said Attaullah Sahil, head of AWCC in the eastern zone.

Nangarhar officials meanwhile welcomed AWCC’s move to provide the Hesarak people with internet services and said they hoped residents of other areas will also be provided with the same service.

“An Afghan wireless base has been activated in this district that currently provides 3G and 2G internet services,” said Zabihullah Zaki, Nangarhar’s director of Information Technology and Telecommunication.

In the meantime, the residents of Hesarak district are happy that they have access to the new generation of internet services but call for costs to be reduced.
“We are very happy that the Afghan wireless base was activated here,” said a resident of Hesarak district.

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Muttaqi to UNAMA head: Doha meeting had no tangible outcome

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(Last Updated On: February 22, 2024)

Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs Amir Khan Muttaqi said in a meeting with UNAMA head Roza Otunbayeva that the Islamic Emirate closely monitored the Doha meeting and observed that the meeting did not render a “particular result”.

Abdul Qahar Balkhi, the spokesman of the foreign ministry, said in a statement on X that Muttaqi said the Islamic Emirate hopes that the interactive meetings with the Islamic Emirate will lead to good results.

According to Muttaqi, for the meetings to be effective, there should be comprehensive discussions with the Islamic Emirate on issues related to Afghanistan.

Balkhi, quoting Otunbaeva said from the point of view of Antonio Guterres, the Secretary General of the United Nations, no action should be taken to complicate the work with the Islamic Emirate in appointing a special representative for Afghanistan.

The second meeting of special representatives for Afghanistan was held on Sunday and Monday in Doha. The Islamic Emirate did not participate.

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Work gets underway on Hairatan-Mazar section of Balkh to Uzbekistan railway line

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(Last Updated On: February 22, 2024)

Reconstruction of a section of the Mazar-e-Sharif-Uzbekistan railway line has started at a cost of $6.3 million, Balkh provincial officials said.

Local officials said the 75-km long line will start at Balkh airport and stretch to Uzbekistan.

The reconstruction of this railway line has been contracted to an Uzbek company and is expected to be operational in three months, officials said.

This railway line, which carries freight, links Hairatan land port to Mazar.

“The cost of this contract is approximately six million and 300 thousand US dollars,” said Mohammad Shafiq Mahmood, the head of Balkh railway.

Local authorities have said the reactivation of this line is important for economic growth and the expansion of trade ties.

“We thank our friendly neighbor Uzbekistan for coming here and starting this project,” said Noorul Hadi Abu Idris, the deputy governor of Balkh.

Mazar-e-Sharif-Uzbekistan railway transports commercial goods from the city of Termez in Uzbekistan first to the commercial town of Hairatan and then to the Maulana Jalaluddin Muhammad Balkhi Airport.

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