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Taliban claims it has ‘no hand in civilian killings’



(Last Updated On: February 1, 2021)

The Taliban early Monday said there was no truth in the claims made Sunday by the foreign community in Afghanistan that it was killing civilians, destroying public infrastructure and carrying out assassinations.

In a statement published on their website, the Taliban stated: “Representatives of a number of European and other countries have baselessly asserted through a statement that the Islamic Emirate is continuing a senseless war, is killing civilians, is destroying public infrastructure and is involved in assassinations.

“The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan rejects all such allegations,” the statement read adding that “all charges which they have leveled are unsubstantiated.”

According to the Taliban, the group “has absolutely no hand in civilian killings and neither is it involved in the destruction of public infrastructure, rather it considers safeguarding and securing public infrastructure its own responsibility.”

This comes after the EU and other diplomatic missions in Afghanistan including Australia, Canada, the UK, the US and NATO, issued a joint statement on Sunday that called out the Taliban for the ongoing attacks.

In a united front, they accused the Taliban of being responsible for the majority of targeted violence in the country and said the group’s “attacks undermine state institutions and contribute to an insecure environment in which terrorist and criminal groups are able to freely operate.”

The foreign missions pointed out that they had all invested heavily in energy, food security, water resources, and road infrastructure for the benefit of the Afghan people.

In line with this aid having been provided they said: “We condemn the ongoing destruction of vital infrastructure, including digging up roads, destroying cell towers, and blowing up energy stations by the Taliban.

“These actions serve no purpose besides hurting the Afghan people who – largely due to decades of conflict – suffer from food insecurity and significant economic and development challenges, further exacerbated by the ongoing pandemic.”

The missions stated that the Taliban must “understand that their violent, destructive actions outrage the world and must cease if peace is to come to Afghanistan.”

The EU and foreign missions stated they “expect the Taliban to demonstrate its support for the people of Afghanistan by ending the violence, stopping the destruction of vital infrastructure, and committing to a sustainable peace, for the benefit of all Afghans.”

But the Taliban shifted blame and stated: “The principle and leading cause for the ongoing crisis in Afghanistan is foreign occupation from which the Afghans have died for a full two decades, which has imposed on our people an impotent administration and which is still continuing to lend support to this corrupt regime.”

The group went on to blame foreign countries, including the EU for the current crisis.

“Unfortunately, most countries including the European Union are either directly or indirectly involved in the tragedies, destruction, bombings, killings and various other crimes being experienced by our people for the past twenty years, and some are still exerting efforts to extend the presence of foreign occupation forces in Afghanistan and to prolong the ongoing conflict.”

The group said if the Doha agreement, signed in February between the US and the Taliban, is implemented, it will prove beneficial and in the interest of everyone including Afghans but if it was not adhered to there would be repercussions.

“…if some discard the Doha accord and keep searching for excuses to continue the war and protract the occupation, then history has proven that the Afghan Mujahid nation can valiantly defend its values, soil, homeland and rights,” the statement read.

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Almost 300 military vehicles left behind by the US have been repaired: IEA



(Last Updated On: March 25, 2023)

The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s defense ministry says it has repaired almost nearly 300 military vehicles that were trashed by the United States during its withdrawal from Afghanistan in August 2021.

According to the defense ministry, the technical team at 205th Al Badar Army Corps has restored various types of military vehicles.

Following the withdrawal, the US Department of Defense released a report stating that the US left behind around $7 billion worth of military equipment that had been transferred to the Afghan government over the course of 16 years.

The equipment included aircraft, air-to-ground munitions, military vehicles, weapons, communications equipment, and other hardware.

Of the total equipment worth $18.6 billion given to the former Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) from 2005 to August 2021, equipment worth $7.12 billion remained in Afghanistan after the US withdrawal was completed on August 30, 2021.

The equipment left behind included over 40,000 of the total 96,000 military vehicles, 300,000 of the total 427,300 weapons, and nearly all-night vision, surveillance, biometric and positioning equipment, and explosive ordnance disposal and demining equipment.

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Minister Nadeem stresses importance of modern sciences



(Last Updated On: March 25, 2023)

Higher Education Minister Neda Mohammad Nadeem on Saturday said that strengthening of modern sciences is one of the obligations of the Islamic system, and emphasized that the Islamic Emirate has fulfilled its duties in this regard.

Speaking at a ceremony to inaugurate the new academic year at the Technical and Vocational Education and Training Authority, Nadeem said: “Emir of Muslims is obliged to present professional teachers to the society who can meet the worldly needs of the people.”

He also assured people they would provide transparent and equal educational services to all students and emphasized that they are working to improve the country’s education system.

“A person who enters the educational system and then graduates, succeeds based on merit. Connection, money and pressure do not work here. Everyone gets a post based on their skills,” the minister said.

Meanwhile, Gholam Haider Shahamat, head of the Technical and Vocational Education and Training Authority, said they will soon sign a memorandum of understanding to cooperate with the National Development Authority.

The new academic year has started across Afghanistan, but girls are still barred from going to secondary schools and universities.

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300 homes, 1,500 acres of farmland destroyed in Balkh flood



(Last Updated On: March 25, 2023)

Rainstorms and flash floods have destroyed residential houses and farmlands in northern Afghanistan, provincial police spokesman Mohammad Asif Waziri said on Friday.

Heavy rains triggered destructive floods on Thursday evening, which partially damaged or utterly destroyed more than 300 houses and 3,000 acres of farmlands in Zari district of the northern Balkh province and its vicinity, Waziri told reporters, Xinhua news agency reported.

The floods also killed numerous cattle in Zari district and adjoining areas, the official said.

There is no report of casualties, the official said, adding that rescue teams have been sent to affected areas to help the affected families.

Heavy floods have also cut off the link between Qalat, capital of Zabul province, to seven districts in Afghanistan southern region.

Afghanistan’s meteorological department has reportedly predicted more rains and floods in 20 out of the country’s 34 provinces in the coming days.

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