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Pakistan stresses on release of Afghanistan’s frozen assets

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(Last Updated On: July 19, 2022)

Pakistan’s foreign Secretary Sohail Mahmood on Monday stressed the importance of releasing Afghanistan’s frozen assets and facilitation of banking operations to ease the economic hardships of the Afghan people and help build a sustainable economy, Geo news reported. 

During a meeting with China’s Special Envoy on Afghanistan Ambassador Yue Xiaoyong, the two officials exchanged views on the political and security situation in Afghanistan, humanitarian assistance by Pakistan and China to Afghanistan, and other matters of mutual interest.

According to a statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Office, Mahmood underlined the importance for the Afghan side to address the international community’s expectations regarding: inclusivity, respect for the rights of all Afghans, girls’ education and effective counter-terrorism measures.

He also underscored Pakistan’s commitment to a peaceful, stable, prosperous, and connected Afghanistan.

The foreign secretary highlighted the provision of humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan, including Pakistan’s relief efforts in the wake of the devastating earthquake in eastern Afghanistan on 22 June 2022, the report said.

In the context of regional connectivity, both sides exchanged views on the extension of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) to Afghanistan to promote economic development and prosperity.

He underscored that the international community’s focus should not be diverted from the dire situation in Afghanistan owing to events taking place elsewhere. 

While emphasizing continued constructive engagement and practical cooperation with the IEA officials, Mahmood highlighted the central role of platforms such as Troika Plus and six neighboring countries of Afghanistan in advancing shared goals.

Special Envoy Ambassador Yue Xiaoyong appreciated the important and constructive role played by Pakistan in the context of Afghanistan. Both sides agreed that only a peaceful, stable and connected Afghanistan could “act as a fulcrum for enhanced regional trade and connectivity”.

The two officials met each other while Uzbekistan will host Pakistan and China in a conference on Afghanistan titled “Security and Economic Developments” scheduled to be held on July 25-26.

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Murderer publicly executed in Jowzjan

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(Last Updated On: February 26, 2024)

The Supreme Court has announced that a man, convicted of murder, was executed in northern Jowzjan province on Monday.

The court said in a statement that Nazar Mohammad had killed Khal Mohammad with a knife.

Nazar Mohammad was publicly executed in a stadium in Sheberghan, the capital of Jowzjan province.

This comes four days after two other murderers were executed in Ghazni province.

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UN Security Council to discuss appointment of special envoy for Afghanistan

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(Last Updated On: February 26, 2024)

The United Nations Security Council is set to meet on Afghanistan on Monday to discuss the appointment of a special envoy for Afghanistan and the results of a recent international meeting on Afghanistan in Doha.

Naseer Ahmed Faiq, Chargé d’Affaires of the Afghanistan Permanent Mission to the UN, said that in this meeting, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will present a report about the appointment of special envoy for Afghanistan and the recent international meeting on Afghanistan in Doha.

Security Council Resolution 2721 in December last year requested that the Secretary-General brief the Security Council on the outcome of consultations within 60 days.

But the Islamic Emirate emphasizes that Afghanistan is not in crisis and with the presence of the United Nations Assistance Mission in the country, there is no need to appoint a new representative.

“As for the special representative, the position of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan is very clear and there is no need to appoint a special representative for Afghanistan,” Zabihullah Mujahid, the spokesman of the Islamic Emirate, said.

“Afghanistan is a secure country and does not suffer from any crisis and needs international cooperation, but within the framework of the cooperation that existed before. In the presence of UNAMA, all issues between the United Nations and Afghanistan will be resolved.”

“There is no need for a special representative. They should cooperate with the people of Afghanistan. They should not prevent Afghanistan’s progress in the diplomatic field and should not consider Afghanistan a country facing a crisis,” Mujahid added.

The UN Doha meeting on Afghanistan was held last week. IEA declined an invitation to attend the meeting.

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Qatar announces release of Austrian detainee in Afghanistan

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(Last Updated On: February 26, 2024)

Qatari government has announced that an Austrian detainee has been released in Afghanistan, following Doha’s mediation efforts.

The Minister of State at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Qatar, Mohammed bin Abdulaziz bin Saleh Al Khulaifi, expressed Qatar’s gratitude to the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA) for their cooperation in the release of the Austrian national.

He added that Qatar enjoys a strong bilateral relations with the Republic of Austria, and is delighted with the release of the national.

He affirmed that Qatar will continue to contribute its mediation efforts in the settlement of conflicts through constructive dialogue and peaceful methods to promote peace and stability in the region and the world.

The Austrian national has arrived in Qatar.

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