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More than 60 killed, 150 wounded in Kabul explosions: sources

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The death toll from two blasts near Kabul’s Hamid Karzai Airport on Thursday has risen to more than 60, sources said.

According to the sources, the death toll was likely to be higher as thousands of people had gathered at the attack scene.

More than 150 others were wounded in the explosions, sources added.

Meanwhile, the United States Central Command has announced that at least 13 American soldiers have been killed and 15 others wounded.

The ISIS-K, locally known as Daesh, has claimed responsibility for the attacks.

Earlier the Emergency Hospital in Kabul has confirmed at least six killed and 60 wounded in Thursday’s explosions outside the airport.

A spokesman told Ariana News that six bodies and about 60 wounded people had been taken to the hospital.

The explosion happened at about 6.25pm outside Abbey Gate, which leads directly into the military side of the airport.

Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby earlier confirmed that among the casualties were American citizens.

“We can confirm that the explosion at the Abbey Gate was the result of a complex attack that resulted in a number of US and civilian casualties. We can also confirm at least one other explosion at or near the Baron Hotel, a short distance from Abbey Gate,” he tweeted.

The area where the explosions happened had been densely packed with Afghans trying to get on evacuation flights.

Appeals had however been put out by numerous embassies and foreign governments during the course of the day calling on people at the airport gates to leave immediately as there had been credible intelligence received regarding an imminent attack.

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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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