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President Ghani Approves Retirement of Over 140 MoI Generals

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(Last Updated On: October 24, 2022)

President Ashraf Ghani has signed the retirement of more than 140 generals of the Ministry of Interior Affairs as part of the reforms and renovation plan of Afghan the security forces, officials said Tuesday.

The Interior Ministry Spokesman Najib Danish said that the most of these generals are in reserve posts of the ministry and will be retired based on the presidential decree in line with Afghan police officers’ inherent law.

 This comes about a week after the Defense Ministry said that it has retired another 61 army generals from service, summing up the total of retired top-ranked military officers to over 220.

Expressing concerns on the issue, some political analysts said that the renovation and retirement plan should be based on criteria and that prioritizing the ethnicity and political dependencies of the individuals in the process could be harmful.

The retirement plan of around 2,000 high-ranking officers was finalized on November last year. Under the plan 70 percent of the generals will be retired from service.

According to the police officers’ inherent law, generals will retire at the age of 62, lieutenant generals at 60, major generals at 58, brigadier generals at 56 and colonels will retire at 54.

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Nearly 900,000 children in Afghanistan suffer from excessive weight loss

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(Last Updated On: December 7, 2022)

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has announced that it urgently needs help to treat children and deal with the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan.

On Wednesday, UNICEF announced that about 875,000 children in Afghanistan suffer from excessive weight loss. The children’s charity says it needs help to treat children and prevent further malnutrition in 2023.

On the other hand, UNICEF announced on Tuesday through a humanitarian appeal that children are facing a historic confluence of crises around the world.

The agency has requested $10.3 billion for 2023 to address the plight of 110 million children worldwide.

Recently, the United Nations announced that 97 percent of the Afghan population lives below the poverty line.

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IEA defense minister meets Dubai ruler, US envoy

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(Last Updated On: December 7, 2022)

Acting Defense Minister of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, Mawlavi Mohammad Yaqoob Mujahid, met with Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Prime Minister of the UAE and ruler of Dubai on Tuesday.

Mujahid also met with Afghan businessmen based in the UAE, the ministry said in a statement.

In his meeting with the Dubai ruler, both sides discussed the strengthening of ties between Afghanistan and the UAE and the facilitation of business services for businessmen and other important issues, said the statement.

In addition, Mujahid met with US Special Representative for Afghanistan Tomas West in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday.

According to a statement, both sides discussed the current situation in Afghanistan.

Mujahid assured the US Special Representative that all the borders are secure in Afghanistan, saying that there is no threat from Afghan territory to the countries of the region and the world.

Afghan soil has never been used against any other country and never will be used, said Mujahid

He also told West that the world should respect the territorial integrity of Afghanistan.

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West, Abdullah discuss ‘urgent need’ for political dialogue among Afghans

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(Last Updated On: December 6, 2022)

US special envoy for Afghanistan, Thomas West, said on Tuesday he met with Abdullah Abdullah, the former head of Afghanistan’s reconciliation council, in India and discussed the “urgent need” for national political dialogue among Afghans.

West said on Twitter that there is consensus among the international community on the need for political dialogue among Afghans.

“There is consensus in int’l community on this imperative, which Afghans must lead and shape,” West said.

During his visit to India, West also met with Indian officials including Deputy National Security Adviser Vikram Misri and foreign ministry’s joint secretary JP Singh

“As fellow friend of Afghan people, US deeply appreciates India’s generous humanitarian support and commitment to Afghans’ fundamental rights,” West said.

This comes after the head of an IEA commission working for the return of former officials recently suggested that there is no need for a national political dialogue.

“We should join hands and build our country. Everything is fine. Every Afghan has got the right to serve in their country. There is no need to launch a new process and undermine security,” Shahabuddin Delawar said.

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