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IEA’s supreme leader calls on officials to adhere to amnesty orders

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(Last Updated On: December 30, 2021)

The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s (IEA) spokesmen and sources have published a document containing recommendations made by the IEA’s supreme leader Mullah Hibatullah Akhundzada on certain issues including that of amnesty.

The recommendations were reportedly made by Mullah Akhundzada at a large gathering of IEA officials in Kandahar recently, where he called on officials to respect his call for amnesty.

Some of the recommendations made also relate to the IEA’s internal relations.

According to the IEA, Mullah Akhundzada advised IEA forces to respect his call for amnesty and stressed that former government employees should not be punished for “previous crimes”.

According to a text published by Mohammad Naeem, a spokesman for the IEA’s political office, Mullah Akhundzada said that everyone in the country must be respected and that the dignity of the people in the country should be maintained and that no Afghans should leave the country.

He called on IEA officials, scholars, tribal elders, governors and district governors to convince those who want to leave the country to stay at home.

He also called on IEA officials to become a “safe haven” for the people and to preserve their dignity; because all Afghans expect this of them.

The IEA leader has also made some recommendations regarding their internal relations. He told IEA officials that they may not assume responsibility themselves but that if the elders gave them responsibilities, they would obey their orders.

Mullah Akhundzada has instructed his people to carry out their assigned responsibilities in accordance with the principles and procedures laid out by the IEA and to refrain from acting randomly.

“Do some kind of responsibility that you can see with open eyes tomorrow,” he said. “Always seek the advice of scholars in order to take better responsibility.”

The IEA leader has advised his people to think of all Afghans as their brothers.

He also called on the people under his command to ensure the people aren’t suppressed, and to refrain from beating them.

The IEA officials have been advised by their leader to not use the “tools provided by Allah” for “oppression and exaggeration” purposes and to exercise patience when carrying out their duties.

The IEA leader also stressed: “Fight for justice together and give everyone their dues. Do not coerce in responsibility, do not be individualistic and do not assign duties to anyone based on language and ethnicity, but assign duties based on talent.

“Respect the elders, do not complain about them, be honored and do not do anything without the permission of the elders.”

Mullah Akhundzada also stressed the need for good coordination between IEA officials and for them to refrain from interfering in each other’s affairs.

He also said officials are to observe good morals and to ensure the safety of the people during night patrols and to remain committed to the IEA government.

He concluded by stressing that the IEA was in for a big test, and urged officials “to pass the test”. He said: “Let’s make a good history.”

Soon after their takeover of Kabul, the IEA announced a general amnesty but reports have indicated that some former military personnel have carried out assassinations, targeting IEA forces.

The IEA however denies these allegations. Meanwhile, some IEA members in the provinces have also complained about injustice and the unfair distribution of privileges, facilities and power among their ranks.

Last month, Human Rights Watch issued a report that said the amnesty promised by the IEA had not stopped local commanders from targeting former soldiers and police.

HRW accused the leadership of “condoning” the “deliberate” killings.

According to the HRW report, published on Tuesday, the targeted killings have continued under the IEA administration, with more than 100 people being killed or having disappeared across four provinces – Ghazni, Helmand, Kunduz, and Kandahar – between mid-August and November.

“The Taliban (IEA) leadership’s promised amnesty has not stopped local commanders from summarily executing or disappearing former Afghan security force members,” said Patricia Gossman, associate Asia director for HRW.

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UN official appeals foreign greater int’l aid after visit to quake-hit region

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A top UN official in Afghanistan appealed on Sunday for greater international aid for the country, after he visited communities affected by last week’s devastating earthquake.

“Yesterday’s visit reaffirmed to me both the extreme suffering of people in Afghanistan and their tremendous resolve in the face of great adversity,” said Ramiz Alakbarov, Deputy Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General and Humanitarian Coordinator for Afghanistan.

The UN and its partners have developed a three-month emergency appeal, included within their humanitarian plan for Afghanistan this year, to respond to the catastrophe.

The goal is to scale up and expedite the delivery of humanitarian and resilience assistance to nearly 362,000 people in the two provinces, Paktika and Khost, that were most affected.

“Notwithstanding the phenomenal generosity that donors have already displayed to Afghanistan over these past tumultuous ten months, I urge the international community to dig deep at this time, as the population confronts yet another emergency, and to pledge support to these life-saving and life-sustaining efforts,” he said.

On Saturday, Alakbarov, accompanied by representatives from other UN agencies, travelled to the villages of Mir Sahib and Khanadin, located in Gayan district, Paktika province – one of the areas worst affected by the 6.1 magnitude earthquake.

More than 1,000 people are reported killed and another 2,000 injured in the earthquake in east Afghanistan. According to UN data, 235 people were killed and 600 others were injured in Gayan district alone.

The delegation met with residents, many of whom had lost family members and friends, including several orphaned and separated children, and whose homes are now uninhabitable.

“In addition to food assistance and emergency shelter and repair, interventions such as the restoration of damaged water pipes and cholera prevention and preparedness activities are absolutely vital, as are the restoration of communication lines, road access, and basic livelihoods,” said Alakbarov.

“Without such transitional support, women, men, and children will continue to endure unnecessary and unimaginable hardship,” he added.

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Former commander of Faryab’s uprising forces returns to Afghanistan

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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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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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