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U.S. Ambassador Questions Afghan Govt’s Commitment to Fight Corruption



(Last Updated On: August 16, 2019)

The U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan, John Bass reacted to the release of the former CEO of Kabul Bank Khalilullah Ferozy, who is convicted of multimillion-dollar fraud.

Bass said in a tweet on Thursday that he is “disturbed by reports” that the Afghan government has requested early release for Kabul Bank fraud perpetrator Khalil Firozy before the conclusion of his sentence.

“Countless Afghans suffered in the past decade because international assistance funds were stolen for personal gain,” Bass added.

“This action, along with the continued failure to execute warrants for those accused of corruption, calls into question the government’s commitment to combating corruption and making best use of donors’ support,” the U.S. Envoy said.

Bass’ comments come after President Ashraf Ghani in a decree ordered the release of Firozy.

However, Rahmatullah Nabil, the former chief of the National Directorate of Security (NDS) and one of Ghani’s opponent in the upcoming presidential election said that Firozy was released after he contributed $30 million to Ghani’s campaign.

“According to a credible source, Ashraf Ghani released Khalil Firozy one of the prime suspect of Kabul Bank scandal last week after contributions of USD 30 million to his campaign camp. Ashraf Ghani was also part of SmartCity deal in which he fired his legal adviser M. A Mohamadi,” Nabil tweeted.

Meanwhile, a spokesman for President Ghani Sediq Sediqqi said that Firozy was released due to an illness he suffers from and that he is into a severe house arrest.

“This has no truth in it Nabil sahib, because of his deteriorating health conditions the Government has put him under severe house arrest,” Sediqqi added.

The Kabul Bank was collapsed in 2010 after losing nearly $1 billion, and Khalil Ferozy and the bank’s founder, Sherkhan Farnood, were sent to prison and told to repay more than $800 million.

However, Farnood died in prison in a heart attack in 2018.

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Chinese envoy accuses US of having double standards



(Last Updated On: August 17, 2022)

Anti-terrorism operations should not be conducted at the cost of other countries’ sovereignty, China’s Ambassador to Afghanistan Wang Yu said on Wednesday.

Speaking at a press conference in Kabul, Wang accused the US of adopting “double standards” in the fight against terrorism.

He said that the number of terrorist organizations in Afghanistan has increased to more than 20 from less than 10 in 2001.

The envoy said that US drones are still patrolling in Afghan airspace.

“Anti-terrorism should not be conducted at the cost of other countries’ sovereignty,” Wang said.

According to the diplomat, the US pursued its own interests only in Afghanistan and the American political system and values brought chaos.

“The US promoted democratic system and Western values in Afghanistan, which did not conform to Afghanistan’s national conditions, the will of its people and the Afghan culture,” he said.

The envoy also criticized US for imposing sanctions on Afghanistan, including the freezing of its assets, saying it has caused hardships in the country.

Wang however said that China continued to help Afghanistan after the political change in August last year, including by delivering humanitarian assistance.

“Last year we overcame a lot of difficulties to open the air corridor for the pine nuts imports to China and more than 16,000 tons of pine nuts were exported to China which has brought more than $20 million dollars revenue to Afghan farmers and businessmen,” Wang said.

He said that China has plans to cooperate in the areas of mining and energy in Afghanistan.

“China and Afghanistan relations will become deeper and deeper in the future,” Wang said.

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Over 3,200 arrested in Kabul in one year after IEA takeover: Police



(Last Updated On: August 17, 2022)

As many as 3,250 individuals have been arrested in connection with 2,000 criminal cases over the past year since the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA) seized the capital, police said on Wednesday.

Khalid Zadran, a spokesman for Kabul police, said that 52 individuals were arrested on charges of involvement in terrorist activities, with arms and ammunition.

According to Kabul police, 315 people were arrested for possession of drugs and alcoholic in 236 operations during the past year.

The police also announced that security scanners have been reactivated at four main entrances to Kabul city.

Musa Jan Ibrahimi, deputy chief of Kabul police, urged security personnel to be compassionate toward people.

“They should remove the instinct of revenge and adopt compassion,” Ibrahimi said.

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Herat youths call on IEA to create job opportunities



(Last Updated On: August 16, 2022)

The young generation of Herat province has raised concerns about the high rate of unemployment in the province and said no initiatives have been taken over the past 20 years to create job opportunities for them.

According to them, hundreds of experienced and educated people have lost their jobs over the past year and that in this time the Department of Information and Culture has only managed to organize some training programs aimed at improving the capacity of young people.

“What we were hoping for was to change the system and take serious action for the youth, but as you can see, men and women are unemployed, girls’ schools are closed,” said Fatima Rezai, a resident of Herat.

“Unfortunately, the problems of the youth are economic problems and the current situation is known to everyone, there is no work and the projects have stopped, therefore, there is a need to restart these projects,” said another resident.

However, Herat’s Department of Information and Culture said that during the last year, efforts have been made to retain the youth who worked for the previous government, and that many of them are still employed within the department.

“We promise all our people, especially our youth, that in various sectors where there are gaps, Inshallah the Islamic Emirate will take action to solve it as soon as possible,” said Naimulhaq Haqqani, director of Herat’s Information and Culture department.

Hussain Naemi, head of youth affairs at the department said: “So far, we have been able to organize training classes for 1,000 young people, and in the field of youth capacity building, we have also done various technical and web workshops, English and computer classes.”

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