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MPs call out govt over ‘shoddy’ security plan

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(Last Updated On: January 10, 2021)

A number of Wolesi Jirga (Lower House of Parliament) members on Saturday blasted government for failing to ensure the safety of the people and accused government of not having established an effective security plan.

The MPs said the continuation of explosions and targeted killings in the country, especially in Kabul, have left the people frustrated, scared and angry.

One MP said no Kabul resident feels safe and that the few criminals that are being arrested is not enough to resolve the crisis.

“The government and the security institutions have failed to provide security for the people, and even in the capital, no citizen feels safe, and they face the threat of explosions, assassinations and killings every day, and a few criminals that were arrested by the security sector are not enough to provide security. It does not cure any pain,” said Abdul Latif Nahzatyar, an MP.

“Unfortunately, the government has not developed a security strategy that responds to the current security threats, and people are exposed to the threat of terrorist attacks every day, and this has led to a lack of security for the people,” said Abdul Qayoum Sajadi, MP from Ghazni.

“Currently peace and war are a serious concern, and the scale of violence is increasing every day, and the government must take measures to protect the lives of the people, because the people are in danger of death every day,” said another MP from Kandahar Gul Ahmad Kamin.

Meanwhile, the Interior Ministry stated that serious security measures have been taken to prevent attacks.

“The security plan is being implemented and will focus on the areas that are most vulnerable to attacks; and one of the security programs is the installation of security cameras, which will reduce the level of threats,” said Tariq Arian, the ministry’s spokesman.

Explosions and targeted killings have spiked in recent months across the country, especially in Kabul – leaving people scared, frustrated and angry.

While some government officials have accused the Taliban of being behind most of the assassinations, no group has claimed responsibility for these attacks.

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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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(Last Updated On: June 25, 2022)

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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