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Sapidar submits new proposal of participatory gov’t to Arg

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(Last Updated On: April 20, 2020)

Sapidar has shared its new plan to create a new, inclusive government with Arg.

A source close to Abdullah confirmed that Abdullah had agreed to lead the High Reconciliation Council, some ministries and a number of provinces; however, some of Abdullah’s allies did not agree with the plan.

On the other hand, figures close to Mohammad Ashraf Ghani have announced that the two sides are approaching a political agreement and said that the tensions would end soon.

In the meantime, one of Abdullah’s allies said that many members of Abdullah’s electoral team agree with Abdullah’s new plan to lead the High Reconciliation Council and have a 40 to 50 percent share in power.

Sayed Ishaq Gilani, an ally of Abdullah, said: “They have finally accepted and they have gone through everything. We thank them. They are working on a plan that will be shared with Arg soon.”

But sources say that Salahuddin Rabbani and Ahmad Zia Massoud strongly oppose Abdullah’s plan which is why some of the members of Abdullah’s team have met with Rabbani recently to convince him.

“First of all, they wanted the prime minister’s position and 50 percent of the power, and now they want a reconciliation council and the appointment of some ministers and governors. I think they are in a state of agreement,” said Abbas Ibrahimzada, a member of the parliament.

This comes as in a conversation with former president Hamid Karzai, the US ambassador stressed the need for Afghan political leaders to unite.

“Their emphasis was that the two sides should unite,” said Shahzadah Massoud, a close associate of the former president.

Sapidar and Arg did not comment on the matter, but sources in Sapidar Palace underlined that in the latest case, Hamdullah Moheb and Masoom Stanekzai, on behalf of the Arg, have met Abdullah to find out Abdullah’s will  – he has shared his new plan with them.

Abdullah’s 40 – 50 percent share of power, his leadership of the peace process, and General Dostum’s position as deputy chief of staff are said to be included in the new Sapidar plan – looking forward to hearing  from Arg.

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Rosemary DiCarlo meets with acting head of DAB

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Rosemary DiCarlo, the United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs (DPPA), met Sunday with Hedayatullah Badri, acting head of Da Afghanistan Bank, where the two sides discussed the economic situation, financial and banking sector, DAB said in a statement.

In this meeting, Badri said that the sanctions imposed on Afghanistan’s banking sector by the international community has had a negative impact on Afghanistan’s financial stability and caused more losses to the people.

She said the sanctions have weakened people’s financial ability and made it difficult for Afghan banks to access international financial and banking systems.

According to her, Da Afghanistan Bank, the country’s central bank, has been able to better manage the liquidity problems of the banking sector in difficult conditions, but the existence of international sanctions makes international exchanges be done through unofficial channels, contrary to the laws, regulations and policies of DAB.

Badri stated that DAB has created a legal and regulatory framework for the development of small loans in the light of Islamic principles so that people can get small loans under easy conditions and develop their businesses.

DiCarlo, meanwhile, called the role of the banking sector in economic growth important and said that using the experiences of the countries of the world and strengthening the private sector in the development of financial services, granting small loans and Islamic financing is very important and requires joint work.

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Islamabad wants Beijing to talk to Kabul about terrorism, Pakistani minister says

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Islamabad would like Beijing to speak to Kabul about the issue of terrorism, Pakistan’s Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal said.

Speaking in an interview with VOA released on Sunday, Iqbal said that Pakistan has concerns on certain groups that are operating out of Afghanistan and carrying out terrorism actions.

“The terrorists who committed the recent incident against Chinese workers also came from Afghanistan, so I think this is a cause of concern, and we also hope that China would also persuade Afghanistan because Afghans listen to the Chinese government in the region,” Iqbal said.

The official said that as a result of crises and conflicts over the last couple of decades in Afghanistan, Pakistan has not been able to invest in its infrastructure, and its economy has developed two major bottlenecks – energy blockage and infrastructure blockage.

Referring to Afghanistan, he said that Pakistan has an agreement with China to have a third country as part of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.

The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA) has previously rejected Pakistan’s allegations against Afghanistan over security incidents.

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Floods leave 18 dead, destroy hundreds of homes in Faryab

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At least 18 people have died and two others have been injured following floods in Faryab province on Saturday night, the Ministry of Refugees and Repatriation announced Sunday.

The flash floods occurred in Pashtunkot, Almar, Qaisar, Belcheragh, Khyber and Dawlat Abad districts, the ministry said in a statement.

560 houses, 850 acres of agricultural land, 110 shops and a mobile clinic were destroyed as a result of the floods, according to the statement.

In addition, 300 livestock perished and 2,000 fruit trees were destroyed, the statement said.

This comes just a week after deadly floods left over 300 people dead in northern Afghanistan.

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