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MoFA reforms, essential & the president’s priority – Arg

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(Last Updated On: February 3, 2020)

The presidential palace, in response to the Chief Executive’s latest decree, says that bringing reforms in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is essential and of the president’s priorities.

After the resignation of Salahuddin Rabbani, President Ghani appointed Haroon Chakhansoori as the new acting minister of the foreign affairs, one of Abdullah Abdullah’s share of the power.

CE Abdullah instructed the MoFA Sunday not to appoint/replace any seats in the capital and Afghanistan’s political agencies abroad under the reform policy.

“CE Abdullah is discussing appointing new ministers, deputies, and governors, as per his share of the National Unity Government. If necessary, he will even decide the fate of the MoFA acting minister,” said Mujib-ur Rahman Rahimi, the CE’s spokesperson.

Enayatullah Babur Farahmand, Abdullah’s electoral team’s spokesperson, said that of the 50% share of the power in the National Unity government, Abdullah may have been left with only 20%.

Since the new reforms in the MoFA, some CE related diplomats out the country, have been either called back to Kabul or been set aside from their job.

Fardeen Barmaki, the former Afghan diplomat in Prague, said, “New appointments to the foreign policy framework are the kind of people, who have not been to a foreign policy school at all.”

However, the presidential palace said that the latest reforms in the MoFA by Ghani were essential and of his priorities.

“Reforms are necessary. It’s the president’s job to bring reforms in the administrations to build their capacity. Unfortunately, we were facing challenges in the MoFA so the president needed to appoint/replace some positions to make reforms.”

The presidential palace underlines that appointment and replacement are of the president’s responsibilities. Thus, when and where needed, the president will proceed.

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Earthquake victims in Gayan district still in need of food and shelter

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(Last Updated On: June 25, 2022)

Hundreds of survivors of this week’s earthquake, who lost family members and their homes, are still in desperate need of help.

Sayed Bakhta, one of the survivors said that he has lost four family members and two others are hospitalized, adding that survivors are dealing with a lack of food and no shelter.

“We have no shelter here now, we don’t have food, all the victims are sitting outside without having shelter,” he said.

A number of Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s (IEA) officials who have visited Gayan district of Paktika say that almost 90 percent of residential areas have been destroyed.

“Almost 90 percent of residences are destroyed; only a few them are suitable for living, most of them are uninhabitable,” said Qalandar Ebad, acting minister of public health.

In the meantime, rugged roads have hampered relief efforts as Gayan victims grapple with a humanitarian crisis, but military helicopter try to deliver aid to the victims.

“According to the order of the Prime Minister, a meeting was held and according to that meeting, the ministries and donor organizations were instructed to come to the earthquake site as soon as possible and use all their facilities to save the people,” said Sharafuddin Muslim, deputy Minister of State for Disaster Management.

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121 children among those killed in Afghanistan earthquake: UNICEF

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The United Nations children’s agency said on Friday 121 of those who were killed in the 6.1-magnitude earthquake in Afghanistan this week were children.

Mohamed Ayoya, UNICEF Representative to Afghanistan, said as of late Thursday night, at least 1,036 people were reported killed and more than 1,643 reported injured.

The toll included 121 deaths and 67 injuries among the children, according to the official.

He said that Bermal district in Paktika province has the highest number of casualties and that several thousand homes were destroyed or damaged.

“Children and adolescents are extremely vulnerable and at high-risk of family separation, emotional and psychological distress, abuse and exploitation, and other forms of violence,” Ayoya said.

“UNICEF, in coordination with UN agencies, partners, and the de facto authorities (led by the Ministry of Defence) is rapidly preparing a multi-sectoral response covering health, WASH, child protection, nutrition, education, social mobilization, and including a cash component,” Ayoya said.
“UNICEF will be conducting a rapid market assessment in the affected areas in the upcoming days. The assessment will inform the feasibility and appropriateness of cash as a response to support early recovery. UNICEF has already trained partners for beneficiary registration on the ground.”

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Pakistan dispatches second consignment of earthquake relief

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Pakistan’s Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Friday dispatched eight trucks loaded with relief goods for earthquake victims in Afghanistan.

According to a statement issued by the Pakistan government, the consignment, arranged by the National Disaster Management Authority, has been handed over to Afghan authorities.

The consignment consists of family tents, tarpaulins, blankets and emergency medicines.

“Pakistan is committed to continue supply of relief goods to Afghan brethren,” the statement read.

This comes after Pakistan sent in earthquake aid on Wednesday, just hours after the 6.1 magnitude earthquake hit Afghanistan’s eastern provinces, killing over 1,000 people and destroying thousands of houses.

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