KABUL (Pajhwok): Last week, the global community underscored the imperative for interaction with the Afghan interim leadership, the inclusiveness of the government, the reopening of secondary schools for girls and the continuation of humanitarian assistance to the Afghanistan.
Major events of the past week
- The need to reopen girls’ schools beyond grade six has been highlighted
- Pakistan and Russia stressed the commitment between the Afghan government and the international community
- UNAMA called for inclusiveness in Afghan interim government
- The current situation in Afghanistan is not the one projected by Western media: American diplomat
- $40 million arrived in Kabul as part of humanitarian cash assistance
- International community should extend humanitarian aid to Afghanistan: Asia Council
- Last week 43 people were killed and injured across Afghanistan
Last week, 18 people were killed and 25 others injured in various violent incidents nationwide.
According to security sources, six people, including two employees of the Russian embassy in Kabul and the assailant, were killed and 11 others injured in a suicide bombing outside the embassy on September 6.
The UN, EU and several other countries condemned the explosion, with the UN calling on the Taliban administration to provide security for diplomatic missions.
Acting Afghan Foreign Minister Ameer Khan Muttaqi phoned his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov and assured him of a thorough investigation into the incident. Muttaqi assured him that the Afghan forces would pay due attention to the security of the Russian diplomatic mission.
According to reports, three children were killed and as many others injured in an explosive remnant of war (ERW) explosion in Helmand province. In addition, a civilian was killed by robbers in Lashkargah, the capital of Helmand.
In Ghazni province, a woman was shot dead by robbers while another person was killed in Ghor due to a family dispute. Unknown gunmen killed a man in Sherin Tagab district in Faryab. In the same province, one person was killed and four others injured in a grenade explosion in Maimana, the capital of Faryab.
The casualty figures available to Pajhwok Afghan News are based on reports received from different sources. However, it is possible that some victim reports are missed or that sources provide inaccurate information.
38 people were killed, 61 others injured in the previous week
Before the country’s regime change last year, hundreds of civilians and individuals on both sides of the conflict were killed and injured each week in clashes, explosions and other violent incidents.
At the start of the new school year in the spring, the current government banned girls above sixth grade from going to school. He said a strategy was underway based on which girls above sixth grade could return to school.
Last week, some government sources in the province of Paktia said schools for girls over 6 years olde the class had been reopened in response to calls from people and school administrative staff.
After the reopening of schools, people Express their joy and asked the government to let girls across the country return to class.
Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA) spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said it was not yet clear on whose orders and under what conditions girls’ schools had been reopened in Paktia province.
On Saturday, a video circulated on social media, showing a number of schoolgirls staging a rally against the continued closure of schools. However, official sources have yet to say anything about it.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has called the closure of schools for girls beyond the sixth grade an unjustifiable violation of equal rights that has hurt the whole country.
Last week, head of the Afghanistan Woman Association, Fatana Ishaq Gilani, told Pajhwok Afghan News in an interview that the body has worked with thousands of Afghan women and girls in education sectors. and health over the past year and had provided assistance to two thousand widows and orphans in need.
Interaction with the interim government
Last week, the Pakistani and Russian special envoys for Afghanistan stressed the need to support continued engagement between the Afghan interim government and the international community.
Last week, Public Health Minister Dr. Qalandar Ebad headed a delegation to Iran to seek Tehran’s cooperation in improving Afghanistan’s health sector. Iran promised to cooperate with Afghanistan to improve health services during the visit.
Acting Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi on Wednesday called on the United States to abide by the Doha agreement and respect Afghan airspace under international law.
Also last week, UNAMA leader Markus Potzel in an interview with TOLONews insisted on the full participation of the Cartaker government and said: “We see that there is no program or constitution and that there are no other laws. The constitution contains key provisions for economic reforms.
However, a former US envoy to Afghanistan, in a meeting with the Islamic Emirate’s spokesperson, said the current situation in the country was contrary to what was published in Western media.
Last week’s help
As part of continued international humanitarian assistance, $40 million reached Kabul last week. Thus, aid to Afghanistan over the past 12 months has amounted to hundreds of millions of dollars.
Turkey has pledged technical assistance to the Afghan National Food and Drug Administration in terms of capacity building and laboratories. Malaysia has also pledged technical assistance to Afghan institutions. Additionally, Iran said it is building a standard diabetes treatment hospital in Nangarhar province.
The Asia Council called on the international community to increase its aid before a possible humanitarian crisis erupts in Afghanistan.
The World Food Program (WFP) has called the economic crisis in Afghanistan the cause of the destruction of people’s livelihoods and jobs. The United Nations Organization for Coordination and Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said more than 24 million people in Afghanistan were in urgent need of humanitarian assistance.