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Herat mosque bombing sparks widespread condemnation

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(Last Updated On: September 3, 2022)

Friday’s deadly bombing at a mosque in Afghanistan’s western Herat province has been condemned widely by individuals, governments and organizations.

At least 18 people including a prominent cleric, Mujeeb-ur-Rahman Ansari, were killed in the explosion at Gazargah mosque in Herat city, where people gathered to offer congregational Friday prayers. 23 others were wounded, according to officials.

The United Nations mission in Afghanistan condemned the attack. “Continued attacks on Afghans going about their daily lives, including attending places of worship, must stop,” UNAMA said on Twitter.

The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) also said it “vehemently” deplores the blast.

“Though the security environment has admittedly improved over recent months the OIC General Secretariat pointed out, it remains gravely concerned that sporadic attacks and explosions in various provinces across the country continue to mar the security, social peace of Afghan people,” OIC said in a statement.

The United States, Pakistan and Iran also condemned the attack.

“My heartfelt condolences to the families of the many victims who lost their lives or were hurt in the Herat Guzargah Mosque explosion. We condemn this senseless act of terrorism. Perpetrators must be brought to justice,” US special envoy for Afghanistan, Thomas West, tweeted.

“Pakistan condemns terrorism in all its forms and manifestations. The people of Pakistan stand with their Afghan brothers and sisters in this time of sorrow and grief,” Pakistan’s foreign ministry said in a statement.

Iran’s foreign ministry said Tehran “will stand by Afghanistan and its oppressed people in the fight against the evil phenomenon of extremism, violence, and terrorism.”

Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the deputy prime minister of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA), also condemned the attack and vowed that its perpetrators will be punished for their “heinous act.”

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Rosemary DiCarlo meets with acting head of DAB

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(Last Updated On: May 19, 2024)

Rosemary DiCarlo, the United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs (DPPA), met Sunday with Hedayatullah Badri, acting head of Da Afghanistan Bank, where the two sides discussed the economic situation, financial and banking sector, DAB said in a statement.

In this meeting, Badri said that the sanctions imposed on Afghanistan’s banking sector by the international community has had a negative impact on Afghanistan’s financial stability and caused more losses to the people.

She said the sanctions have weakened people’s financial ability and made it difficult for Afghan banks to access international financial and banking systems.

According to her, Da Afghanistan Bank, the country’s central bank, has been able to better manage the liquidity problems of the banking sector in difficult conditions, but the existence of international sanctions makes international exchanges be done through unofficial channels, contrary to the laws, regulations and policies of DAB.

Badri stated that DAB has created a legal and regulatory framework for the development of small loans in the light of Islamic principles so that people can get small loans under easy conditions and develop their businesses.

DiCarlo, meanwhile, called the role of the banking sector in economic growth important and said that using the experiences of the countries of the world and strengthening the private sector in the development of financial services, granting small loans and Islamic financing is very important and requires joint work.

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Islamabad wants Beijing to talk to Kabul about terrorism, Pakistani minister says

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Islamabad would like Beijing to speak to Kabul about the issue of terrorism, Pakistan’s Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal said.

Speaking in an interview with VOA released on Sunday, Iqbal said that Pakistan has concerns on certain groups that are operating out of Afghanistan and carrying out terrorism actions.

“The terrorists who committed the recent incident against Chinese workers also came from Afghanistan, so I think this is a cause of concern, and we also hope that China would also persuade Afghanistan because Afghans listen to the Chinese government in the region,” Iqbal said.

The official said that as a result of crises and conflicts over the last couple of decades in Afghanistan, Pakistan has not been able to invest in its infrastructure, and its economy has developed two major bottlenecks – energy blockage and infrastructure blockage.

Referring to Afghanistan, he said that Pakistan has an agreement with China to have a third country as part of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.

The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA) has previously rejected Pakistan’s allegations against Afghanistan over security incidents.

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Floods leave 18 dead, destroy hundreds of homes in Faryab

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At least 18 people have died and two others have been injured following floods in Faryab province on Saturday night, the Ministry of Refugees and Repatriation announced Sunday.

The flash floods occurred in Pashtunkot, Almar, Qaisar, Belcheragh, Khyber and Dawlat Abad districts, the ministry said in a statement.

560 houses, 850 acres of agricultural land, 110 shops and a mobile clinic were destroyed as a result of the floods, according to the statement.

In addition, 300 livestock perished and 2,000 fruit trees were destroyed, the statement said.

This comes just a week after deadly floods left over 300 people dead in northern Afghanistan.

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