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Ten foreign nationals granted Afghan citizenship

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(Last Updated On: July 12, 2021)

The Afghan Ministry of Justice said in a statement on Monday that ten foreign nationals have been granted Afghan citizenship.

According to the statement, seven foreign nationals have applied for Afghan citizenship in the past six months.

The Ministry of Justice has, so far, finalized ten cases including three cases from last year.

“These 10 people are the citizens of different countries that, by the finalization of the Justice Ministry and issuance of the decree of the President, officially received citizenship of Afghanistan,” the statement read.

The Ministry added that three more cases were still being processed.

The Ministry, meanwhile, stated that during this period, 102 people have applied to relinquish citizenship after being granted “citizenship of a second country.”

“Applications to relinquish citizenship, from these people after review, by a relevant commission, are being processed by the Ministry of Justice. Within the first six months of this year, 178 cases to relinquish citizenship were finalized,” the statement read.

The ministry said the process of finalizing the relinquishment of citizenship for people was time-consuming as a number of ministries were involved and background checks, and identity verifications needed to be done.

The ministry also stated that in some instances, relinquishing citizenship of the first country was a condition of being granted citizenship by a second country.

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UN Security Council scheduled to discuss Afghanistan

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(Last Updated On: September 26, 2023)

The UN Security Council is holding a meeting on Afghanistan on Tuesday where Roza Otunbayeva, the UN Secretary General’s special representative for Afghanistan, will present her report on the situation in Afghanistan, especially that of women and girls.

Nasir Ahmad Faiq, head of Afghanistan’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations, as appointed by the former republic government, and UN Women Executive Director Sima Sami Bahous, will also present their information to the participants of the meeting.

Zabihullah Mujahid, the spokesman of the Islamic Emirate, says that Afghanistan has a legitimate people’s system, has ensured security and stability, and has the right to have a representative in the Security Council. He wants the council to reconsider Afghanistan and Afghanistan’s seat and hand it to the Islamic Emirate, lift sanctions and return Afghanistan’s frozen funds.

In his report three months ago, the UN Secretary General told the Security Council that the desire of the Islamic Emirate to be accepted by the international community requires them to take concrete steps to respect and promote human rights.

The Islamic Emirate says that it has not ignored the demands of the United Nations and that the IEA is trying to find a solution to solve the problems, but countries should not use the issue of women as a tool and should open diplomatic channels to directly discuss the differences.

Last week, at the 78th United Nations General Assembly, many world leaders and foreign ministers, including those from Islamic countries, called on the Islamic Emirate to immediately remove bans and restrictions on women’s work and girls’ education.

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Pakistan’s PM claims TTP ‘resides’ and has training camps in Afghanistan

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(Last Updated On: September 26, 2023)

Pakistan’s Caretaker Prime Minister, Anwar ul Haq Kakar said this week that Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) does “reside on Afghan soil” and that they even have training camps in the country.

In an interview with TRT this week, he said: “We do raise such issues with them (the IEA), there are training camps over there, on their soil (Afghanistan) which is a point of concern for us.”

He added however that Islamabad was not entirely sure whether “it’s all intentional,” and questioned whether the TTP enjoys “the patronage of that government (IEA).” That remains to be seen, he said, adding that Islamabad does not want to complicate the “relationship (with Afghanistan) as far as our security operations are concerned.”

Kakar went on to say that Pakistan is looking “at that complex web and trying to draw the right conclusion and devise our security policy accordingly.”

He denied Pakistan’s direct involvement in having helped bring the IEA back into the political arena and said instead “the Taliban (IEA) was actually acknowledged by the United States and its allies as one of the important players in Afghanistan.”

He went on to say however that Pakistan did play a role “of encouragement” prior to August 2021, as it was of the view that the IEA was “an important player in Afghan society.”

He said negotiating with a group like the IEA, pre-August 2021, had been a global challenge, and that Pakistan had been a “participant” in the “big picture”.

Kakar stated that while Pakistan did give its input, there was nothing they did that he regrets. He also said that leading up to the collapse of the former government many “powers” and international groups had been in a “rush to leave” Afghanistan.

They are the ones that should have thought about a political settlement, about creating an environment where the various groups and parties in Afghanistan could have held negotiations. This did not happen, and the government at the time had not even been included in talks, he said.

This exit strategy had been planned by the rest of the world, not Pakistan, he said.

Kakar stated that Pakistan has lost a total of about 90,000 people to terrorism but stated Pakistan has been successful in fighting the scourge and will continue to fight it.

The IEA meanwhile has repeatedly rejected claims that the TTP operate out of Afghanistan. The Islamic Emirate has said on numerous occasions that no group will be allowed to threaten another country from Afghanistan.

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Afghanistan’s isolation is not the solution: Qatar

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Majed Al Ansari, an advisor to Qatar’s deputy prime minister, says Afghanistan’s isolation is not the solution and the world should rather engage with the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA).

Speaking in an interview with Al-Monitor, Ansari said that since the collapse of the previous government and IEA’s takeover, Qatar has told the world that Afghanistan’s isolation was not the solution and that the only way forward was engagement.

“Since the collapse of government in Afghanistan and the Taliban (IEA) forming the interim government over there, our main concern was that to tell the rest of the world that we have tried isolating the Taliban, we have tried waging a war on the Taliban, it has not changed [anything], it didn’t make the situation of women better in Afghanistan, it didn’t make the situation when it comes to radicalization better in Afghanistan, the only way forward is engagement,” said Ansari.

He stated that Afghanistan is important for Qatar and Doha mediates between Afghanistan and other countries.

“We fully understand that the situation in Afghanistan today is not easy for the international community to engage with the current government, but complete isolation is not the solution, it didn’t work, it will not work, it will push the government right now over there into the hands of other states which would not be very much interested in human rights and rights of women and children in Afghanistan; therefore, we have maintained our position as mediator,” he said.

He also said that many countries want to interact with the Islamic Emirate, but they do not want to interact for political reasons.

Meanwhile, IEA officials have repeatedly appreciated the government of Qatar for mediating to open the door of interaction with other countries.

“America does not allow some countries to act in this direction (recognition) and there are political interests between countries and America. Well, they don’t want to involve themselves diplomatically and face problems; this is the reason; otherwise, the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan has fulfilled all the conditions to be recognized,” said Zabihullah Mujahid, a spokesman for the IEA.

Currently, the diplomatic missions of more than 14 countries of the region, including Qatar, are present in Afghanistan, and the Islamic Emirate has a reciprocal diplomatic presence in these countries.

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