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Pakistan, China raise efforts for Afghan-Taliban Peace Talks

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The spokesman of executive office said that Pakistan and China raise efforts for the start of official negotiations between Afghan government and Taliban group.

Mujibul Rahman Rahimi, spokesman of executive office emphasized that Islamabad has not taken practical steps to bring Taliban to the negotiation table so far and Pakistan’s measures for providing facilities to Peace Talks is not acceptable for Afghan government.

“Efforts in cooperation with Pakistan and China are ongoing for the start of Peace Talks between Afghanistan-Taliban, we hope Pakistan stand by its commitments,” Rahimi said.

Pakistan outgoing president, Asef Ali Zardari visits Kabul at the height of insecurity in Afghanistan to assure Afghans of their efforts to bring Taliban to the negotiation table.

Former president of Pakistan in a meeting with the chief of executive officer, Abdullah Abdullah announced support for Peace Talks process with Taliban and called for strengthening Kabul-Islamabad ties.

Zardari stressed that with distrust between the two neighboring countries should be eliminated.

He emphasized on joint fight against the terrorism and support Peace Talks process.

However, Afghans have always accused Pakistan of deceiving Afghanistan and not fulfilling its commitments.

According to Afghan analysts Pakistan considers war in Afghanistan as its interests and will never try to end war in Afghanistan.

“Pakistan has always supported Taliban and still involves in the insecurities, therefore war in Afghanistan is in interest of Pakistan,” Ghulam Farooq Majroh, member of Parliament said.

Afghan people are said to believe the key for Peace in Afghanistan is in the hands of Pakistan. But they all know that they key opens peace door in Afghanistan that Taliban wanted to negotiate with the government.
Reported by Fawad Naseri

 

 

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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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Taiwan announces $1 million for Afghan earthquake relief efforts

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Taiwan will donate $1 million to Afghan earthquake relief efforts in response to a call from the United Nations and others for humanitarian assistance, the government said late on Thursday.

Taiwan’s presidential office said in a statement that the government would donate “based on the spirit of humanitarian care for disaster relief regardless of national borders (and) responding to the United Nations and other humanitarian calls,” Reuters reported.

However Taiwan will not send search and rescue teams after consulting with other countries and considering the difficulty of transportation, office spokesman Xavier Chang added.

Taiwan also lies in a quake-prone zone and regularly sends rescue teams to other disaster areas around the world.

China meanwhile has said it stands ready to provide Afghanistan aid, and on Friday its foreign ministry said that it is “stepping up efforts” to collect cash, tents, bed quilts and other humanitarian aid to deliver to Afghanistan as soon as possible, but did not offer details of the size of the aid package.

Around 1,000 people are already confirmed dead from the quake in a remote part of the country this week.

Earlier, the European Union announced 1 million euros for the earthquake relief efforts in Afghanistan.

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