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IEA has two options, rule by force or submit to a govt recognized by people: EU

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The European Union (EU) says it will change its policy towards Afghanistan’s new government if the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA) can win the consent of the Afghan people.

EU Special Representative for Afghanistan Thomas Nicholson, who recently arrived in Kabul, told Ariana News on Thursday that they are ready to engage with the new Afghan government, but that any negotiations with the Islamic Emirate will depend on their actions towards the Afghan people.

“For us it is important that the government initiates a dialogue with its people and that together with the people they define process so that each and every Afghan man and woman can have a say for the future of the country.

“If the interim government gets acceptance by its people that will be the first thing we will look at when we decide on how we can engage with interim government but in any case our commitment to the people is steadfast and we want to stay focused on that,” said Nicholson.

Nicholson also said that the current Afghan government had come to power by force and that no decision on recognizing the government would be taken until it met international standards.

“International recognition will depend on domestic recognition the key point is that the government is not a legitimate government it came to power by force it has probably, but we are not sure, revoked the constitution and it has not set out a process where people can have a say in the future of the country so recognition will depend on domestic acceptance, it will depend on security guarantees and it will depend also on human rights being fully respected,” Nicholson added.

Nicholson said that the IEA currently has two options: either to rule by force, which he believes will have dangerous consequences, or to submit to a government approved by the people.

“There is a choice to be made between ruling by force and governing by approval, you can rule by force but you will never get the people to work with you and you will also lose information, you will not know what people want, you will not know what people think because they are afraid to speak and that could mean that one day … it gets too much and people will take up arms,” Nicholson said.

However, seven months after the Islamic Emirate took over in the country, no country has yet recognized the new government of Afghanistan, and sanctions by the international community remain in place.

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Pakistani politician says his efforts to improve Afghanistan relations watered down

The politician warned that deterioration of relations with Afghanistan is not in the interest of his country.

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Fazl-ur-Rehman, head of Pakistan’s Jamiat-e-Ulema-e-Islam (JUI) party, has said that he made efforts to improve relations between Kabul and Islamabad, but they are now being watered down.

The politician warned that deterioration of relations with Afghanistan is not in the interest of his country.

“I made my efforts to improve Afghanistan-Pakistan relations and I say with full confidence and in front of everyone that we returned with success (from Afghanistan). We opened the way for cooperation between the two countries in all sectors. Now these efforts are watered down. Why? For whose pleasure? For the benefit of Pakistan? Definitely not,” he said in a press conference.

Fazl-ur-Rehman visited Kabul in January and met with the officials of the Islamic Emirate. He asked the governments of both sides to put an end to their tensions and solve the existing problems through diplomatic means.

Islamabad claims that attacks in Pakistan are orchestrated in Afghanistan, but the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA) denies this, saying it is not responsible for security failure of Pakistan.

 

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Nearly 1 billion AFN invested in mines so far this year: officials

They stated that efforts are underway to attract large investments in the mining sector.

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Officials from the Ministry of Mines and Petroleum (MoMP) say nearly one billion AFN have been invested in small and large mines since the beginning of the 1403 solar year.

The ministry officials said that since then, they have signed small and large contracts, the volume of which reaches one billion AFN.

The officials added that all mining contracts have been signed with domestic companies.

They stated that efforts are underway to attract large investments in the mining sector.

“On a small scale, the total value of all these investments is 500 million AFN. Similarly, the Ministry of Mines and Petroleum has two large-scale contracts this year, one of which is the Jagdalak ruby mine in Kabul and the barite mine in Herat province where the mining contract for this mine had also been signed with a domestic company,” said Homayoun Afghan, the spokesperson for the Ministry of Mines and Petroleum.

Officials from the Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Investment (ACCI) have stated that there is a good opportunity to invest in the mining sector and interest in investing has increased.

“Especially in the mining sector, there are many developments and the work is good. The mine goes abroad a lot. From 2 billion exports, most of them are minerals, which are not rare, but semi-precious minerals,” said Khanjan Alkozi, a member of the ACCI.

“But in general, foreign and domestic traders are interested in investing in agriculture, production, mines and processing,” he added.

Meanwhile, economic analysts believe that if the Islamic Emirate creates more facilities for private investors, domestic and foreign investments will expand in the country, and along with the increase in government income, employment opportunities will be provided for thousands of citizens.

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IEA seeks political and economic relations with world, its leader says

He stated that under the governance of the Islamic Emirate, the Sharia rights of all citizens are ensured and protected.

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Mawlawi Hebatullah Akhundzada, leader of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA), in a message on the occasion of Eid al-Adha has said that IEA seeks to establish political and economic relations with the world within the framework of Sharia.

“The Islamic Emirate seeks to establish political and economic relations within the framework of Sharia, particularly with Islamic countries, and has fulfilled its obligations in this regard,” Akhundzada said.

He called on investors and traders to invest in various sectors for further economic development and to alleviate the economic difficulties faced by the people.

IEA leader told the citizens that it is their responsibility to “protect, nurture and serve our Sharia-based system.”

Mawlawi Hebatullah Akhundzada advised officials to “keep the doors open to the public, execute their duties efficiently and promptly, and never treat the people in a manner that makes them feel alienated from the authorities.”

He stated that under the governance of the Islamic Emirate, the Sharia rights of all citizens are ensured and protected. “No individual can commit injustice or aggression against others; oppression is prevented, and the rights of the oppressed are upheld.”

Although the leader of the Islamic Emirate did not say anything about the issue of girls’ education; but he noted that “significant measures have been taken to elevate religious practices and to expand and strengthen religious centers.”

In the message, IEA leader also condemned “the Israeli Zionist attacks and oppression on women, children, and innocent Muslims in Gaza and other regions of Palestine.”

“We call on other countries to fulfill their obligations effectively to prevent these heinous crimes and brutal atrocities,” he added.

 

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