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Over 5,500 civilians killed or wounded in Afghanistan in past four months

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(Last Updated On: July 29, 2021)

The State Ministry for Peace Affairs said on Thursday that 5,587 civilians and 24,609 Taliban have been killed or wounded since the start of the current solar year (in the past four months) across the country.

Based on the new figures, more than 2,500 civilians were killed in clashes between Taliban and ANDSF.

The ministry said the Taliban had carried out 22,000 attacks including suicide attacks, bombings and rocket attacks that killed 2,566 civilians and wounded 3,021 others.

According to the ministry 1,446 out of the 3,021 are men, 650 are women and 925 are children.

“The recent clashes and violence displaced thousands of people in various parts of the county,” said Sayed Abdullah Hashimi, a senior official from the peace affairs ministry.

The State Ministry for Peace Affairs said that 24,609 Taliban members were also killed and wounded in the past four months.

“They recruit people and send them to battlefields to limit casualties of their red unit,” said Hashimi.

Attaurahman Salim, deputy head of the High Council for National Reconciliation (HCNR) said that if Taliban seeks an Islamic system they should show a willingness to hold peace talks.

The Afghanistan Ministry of Foreign Affairs, (MoFA) said that Australia has voiced its concerns about the escalation of violence in Afghanistan recently.

On the other hand, Kandahar province said that at least 22,000 families were displaced due to clashes between the Taliban and ANDSF in PD8 of Kandahar city in the last 20 days.

Dost Mohammad Nayab, head of Kandahar refugees and repatriation directorate said that the displaced people need urgent humanitarian assistance.

He called on national and international organizations to help.

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Pakistan, Russia to ‘assess’ IEA’s performance

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Pakistan and Russia would review progress of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA) in terms of fulfilling its commitments made to the international community on forming an inclusive government, and to deny terrorist groups a haven to operate from its soil, official sources told Pakistani media on Sunday.

Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, who is in Moscow, is scheduled to meet his Russian counterpart, Sargey Lavrov on Monday and one of the key issues on their agenda is Afghanistan, The Tribune reported.

This is Zardari’s first visit to Moscow as the foreign minister and comes amid rising concerns on the part of Pakistan over the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) militant group, which Islamabad says is being provided sanctuary in Afghanistan.

The Russian Foreign Ministry said in a tweet that the two ministers would discuss the fight against terrorism and a number of regional topics, including the situation in Afghanistan, Syria and Ukraine.

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OIC calls on IEA to allow females to get an education

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The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Sunday called on the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA) authorities to strive towards reopening schools and universities for girls and enable them to enroll in all levels of education.

In a series of tweets the OIC General Secretariat expressed its disappointment over the decision announced on Saturday by the IEA’s ministry of higher education, banning female students from taking university entrance exams this year in all public and private universities across the country.

“This latest decree further tightens the sweeping restrictions proclaimed by the Kabul de facto authorities on girls’ and women’s access to education and public work,” OIC tweeted.

The ban comes shortly after the OIC Executive Committee convened on 11 January 2023 an Extraordinary Meeting on the “Recent Developments and the Humanitarian Situation in Afghanistan”.

The Final Communique of the meeting called on the IEA to “…strive towards reopening schools and universities for girls and enable them to enroll in all levels of education and all specializations required by the Afghan people.”

The organization urged IEA to reconsider this latest decision and earlier edicts especially for its far-reaching social and economic ramifications.

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US special envoy to hold talks with foreign partners and Afghan diaspora

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United States Special Representative for Afghanistan Thomas West is this week visiting Pakistan, Germany, and Switzerland for talks with “partners, Afghans, and humanitarian aid organizations about the shared interests in Afghanistan”, the US State Department said Sunday.

According to the statement, Thomas West’s week-long (January 29 – February 4) visit to Pakistan, Germany, and Switzerland is aimed at consulting with partners and Afghan diasporas on the many challenges the people of Afghanistan, women, and girls in particular are currently facing.

“I will travel to Pakistan, Germany, and Switzerland Jan 29-Feb 4 to consult with partners, Afghans, and humanitarian relief organizations regarding extraordinary challenges we face in supporting the Afghan people,” West tweeted.

Foreign governments and international aid organizations have repeatedly called on the Islamic Emirate authorities to reverse the decision and allow Afghan women and girls to attend education, work, sports, and public life, however, nothing has changed for the better so far.

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