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Pakistan’s PM says ‘US really messed it up’ in Afghanistan

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(Last Updated On: July 28, 2021)

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan said the United States “really messed it up in Afghanistan” and that Washington should have pushed for a political settlement much earlier.

In an interview with PBS News Hour on Tuesday night, Khan sai: “I think the US has really messed it up in Afghanistan.”

“And people like me who kept saying that there’s no military solution, who know the history of Afghanistan, we were called — people like me were called anti-American. I was called Taliban Khan.”

He said by the time the US realised that there was no military solution in Afghanistan, “unfortunately, the bargaining power of the Americans or the NATO had gone”.

Khan told PBS the US should have opted for a political settlement much earlier, when there were as many as 150,000 Nato troops in Afghanistan.

“But once they had reduced the troops to barely 10,000, and then, when they gave an exit date, the Taliban thought they had won. And so, therefore, it was very difficult for now to get them to compromise,” he said.

When the interviewer asked whether he thought the Taliban resurgence was a positive development for Afghanistan, the prime minister reiterated that the only good outcome would be a political settlement, “which is inclusive”.

“Obviously, Taliban [will be] part of that government,” he added.

Khan said from Pakistan’s point of view, the last thing they want is a civil war; “that is the worst-case scenario, because we then … we face two scenarios, one [of them being] a refugee problem,” he said.

“Already, Pakistan is hosting over three million Afghan refugees. And what we fear is that a protracted civil war would [bring] more refugees. And our economic situation is not such that we can have another influx.”

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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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