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Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Afghanistan seeks to promote Trade and Connectivity with Pakistan: Afghan President Ashraf Ghani

Afghanistan seeks to promote Trade and Connectivity with Pakistan: Afghan President Ashraf Ghani

Afghanistan seeks to promote Trade and Connectivity with Pakistan: Afghan President Ashraf Ghani


Lahore, July 01, 2019: Ministry of Commerce and Trade Development Authority of Pakistan organized the “Pakistan – Afghanistan Business Forum” on 28th June, 2019 at Darbar Hall, Governor House Lahore. The event was graced by His Excellency, the President of Afghanistan Mr. Ashraf Ghani who was accompanied by his delegation. Leading businessmen and businesswomen from all major Chambers and Trade Associations representing sectors textile, pharmaceuticals, plastics, poultry, auto mobile industry, fruits and vegetables, rice, flour etc. were present.

In his welcome remarks the Advisor to Prime Minister for Commerce, Textile, Industry and Production and Investment Mr. Abdur Razzak Dawood said, “I look forward to the future with great hope”. He stated that the Prime Minster of Pakistan envisions peace and prosperity in the region. Mr. Razzak Dawood also informed that his meetings with Afghan President and his cabinet were highly constructive and expressed hope that in the follow up meetings scheduled to take place in July some meaningful progress will be made in the interest of bilateral and transit trade between the two countries.

While addressing the audience, Mr. Ghani shared that Afghanistan is committed to promote ease of doing business and providing conducive policy frameworks and infrastructure to increase investment and trade between Pakistan and Afghanistan especially in areas of textile, energy and transport.

He reassured that Afghanistan is cognizant of the magnitude and complexity of issues pertaining to border regulations, visa regimes, transit trade and other areas all of which requires consistent and effective mitigation from both sides. Both sides reiterated their resolve to take the process of this engagement forward for tangible positive outcomes for both the countries and the region.



Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Afghanistan’s Taliban Bans ICRC, WHO Relief Work in Afghanistan

Afghanistan’s Taliban Bans ICRC, WHO Relief Work in Afghanistan

Afghanistan’s Taliban Bans ICRC, WHO Relief Work in Afghanistan


ISLAMABAD The Taliban says it has temporarily stopped the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) from carrying out relief work in the areas they control in Afghanistan and revoked security guarantees for their staff.

The Islamist insurgent group alleged in a statement Thursday that it has found WHO staff involved in “some suspicious activities” during vaccination campaigns, and that the ICRC failed to practically implement pledges given to the Taliban. The statement did not elaborate.

Until further orders, operations of the two organizations have been halted in areas controlled by the Islamic Emirate [the Taliban], and Mujahideen will not be a responsible for the protection for the heads of these organizations, the Taliban said.

An ICRC spokesman confirmed the organization has suspended its relief work due to the withdrawal of security guarantees by the Taliban. “Therefore, we are now in the process of contacting the (Taliban) to initiate a bilateral and confidential dialogue in view of the(Taliban) statement,” Robin Waudo told AFP.

There was no immediate reaction from the WHO or the Afghan government to the Taliban’s warning.

The insurgent move comes as an estimated 10 million people in Afghanistan, more than a quarter of its population, are facing “severe acute” food insecurity and are in need of urgent “life-saving” humanitarian assistance in the wake of continued hostilities, three years of drought and recent floods.

The Taliban had temporarily withdrawn safety guarantees for the ICRC last August, accusing the international group of failing to meet its mission obligations to monitor detention conditions in Afghan jails and provide medical aid to insurgent prisoners.

The security assurances were reinstated two months later following negotiations between the ICRC and the Taliban in Qatar, where the insurgent group informally operates its political office.

The WHO’s vaccination campaigns, particularly those against polio virus, are considered critical because Afghanistan and neighboring Pakistan are the only two countries in the world where endemic polio virus continues to cripple children.

Insurgent attacks and counter offensives by Afghan security forces have intensified in recent months across Afghanistan, killing hundreds of combatants on both sides, inflicting civilian casualties and displacing tens of thousands of families.The Taliban controls or contests more than half of the 407 Afghan districts.

Source: Voice of America



Wednesday, March 27, 2019

A  Young Afghan woman stoned to death for eloping with man her own age

A Young Afghan woman stoned to death for eloping with man her own age

A  Young Afghan woman stoned to death for eloping with man her own age


KABUL:  A young Afghan woman who was married against her will has been stoned to death by extremists after she was caught eloping with another man, local officials told AFP on Tuesday.

A graphic video of the stoning shows the woman, named as Rokhsahana, aged between 19 and 21, in a hole in the ground as men almost casually hurl stones at her with sickening thuds.

Rokhsahana was heard repeating the shahada, or Muslim profession of faith, her voice growing increasingly high-pitched in the nearly 30-second clip run in Afghan media. Local authorities confirmed the footage.

The killing took place about a week ago in Ghalmeen, an area some 40 kilometres (25 miles) from the Ghor provincial capital of Firozkoh, governor Seema Joyenda said.

Rokhsahana had been "stoned to death by Taliban, local religious leaders and irresponsible armed warlords," Ms Joyenda told AFP.

Seema Joyenda, one of Afghanistan's only two female governors, said that according to authorities' information Rokhsahana's family had "married her to someone against her will and she was eloping with a man her age".

She condemned the stoning, calling on Kabul to take action to "clean the area".

"This is the first incident in this area but will not be the last. Women in general have problems all over the country, but especially in Ghor... The man with whom she was eloping has not been stoned."

In addition to serving as a chilling reminder of life under Taliban rule, the crime echoes another horrific case earlier this year in which a 28-year-old woman named Farkhunda was killed by an angry mob after being falsely accused of burning the Koran. Four men were sentenced to death for their roles in that crime and several others were jailed for not intervening.




Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Afghanistan's capital blast- Taliban suicide bomber kills 4, wounds over 100

Afghanistan's capital blast- Taliban suicide bomber kills 4, wounds over 100

Afghanistan's capital blast- Taliban suicide bomber kills 4, wounds over 100


KABUL - The Taliban claimed responsibility on Tuesday for a carbomb attack near a heavily fortified foreign compound in Afghanistan's capital, Kabul, that killed at least four people a day earlier.

It was the latest in a wave of almost daily attacks by the Taliban, who now hold sway over about half of the country and regularly target Afghan forces. The violence comes despite stepped-up efforts by the United States to find a negotiated end to the country's 17-year war.

Health Ministry spokesman Wahidullah Mayar said as many as 113 wounded were taken to different hospitals in Kabul after the Monday evening explosion near the Green Village compound, home to several international organizations and guesthouses.

The area has been the frequent target of attacks in the past. Many foreigners live in the compound, which is heavily guarded by Afghan forces and also private security guards. Roads to the area remained blocked by security forces through the night and into Tuesday morning.

Zabihullah Mujahid, a spokesman for the Islamist militant group, said Taliban fighters were responsible for the attack in which he claimed dozens of foreign and Afghan security forces were killed and wounded.

"Five attackers, including the suicide bomber driving an explosives-laden vehicle, were involved in the attack," Mujahid said in a statement.

One of the victims, 35-year-old pharmacists Emal Fayzi, said he was wounded by shrapnel in the chest as he was walking home in the evening. The blast was so strong, he couldn't see anything for a while. Later, he realized he was inside an ambulance.

"No one is safe in this country, innocent and poor people are the victims of these attacks," Fayzi said from his hospital bed.

Another victim, a 13-year-old boy, said his two sisters were wounded inside their home, which had all its windows shattered in the blast.

Interior Ministry spokesman Najib Danish said three military personnel and a civilian were killed while 12 women and 23 children were among the wounded.

Another resident in the area, Sardar Mohammad, 55, said this was the most powerful explosion of all that he had witnessed. Three of his children were wounded, he said, adding that the government should move all military targets out of residential areas to protect civilian lives.

Source: China Daily



Monday, December 10, 2018

Afghan football chiefs suspended over sex abuse on women's team

Afghan football chiefs suspended over sex abuse on women's team

Afghan football chiefs suspended over sex abuse on women's team



Afghanistan has suspended five officials including the president of the country's football federation over allegations of sexual and physical abuse against the national women's team, officials said Sunday.

The decision comes days after President Ashraf Ghani ordered the attorney general to conduct a "thorough investigation" into what he called "shocking" claims of abuse by male officials against members of the women's team -- allegations that were first reported in Britain's Guardian newspaper.

"The attorney general's office has suspended... the president of the football federation, his deputy, the federation's secretary general, the head of goalkeepers and the head of provincial coordinators," Jamshid Rasuli, spokesman for the attorney general, told AFP.

"To conduct the investigations thoroughly, collect evidence and to ensure justice, the team of prosecutors decided to suspend these people," he said, adding that all the suspended officials were male.

The Guardian cited what it described as senior figures associated with the women's team who said the abuse had taken place in Afghanistan, including at the Afghanistan Football Federation (AFF) headquarters, and at a training camp in Jordan last February.

The story quoted former captain Khalida Popal -- who fled the country after receiving death threats and has spoken out previously about the discrimination women face in Afghanistan -- as saying male officials were "coercing" female players.

Popal welcomed news of the suspensions, tweeting: "If we all stand together and raise our voice and become the #Voice4voiceless no one would be dare to hurt innocents. #Football is not abuse."

Safi Sadab, an AFF spokesman, told AFP the federation was ready to "cooperate with the investigation".

Football's world governing body FIFA has also said it was looking into the claims, while the Danish sportswear company Hummel announced it had cancelled a sponsorship deal with the team due to the allegations.

Afghanistan has made strides to promote female football -- as well as the national side, four years ago it launched its first all-women's football league that ran in parallel with the men's.

In 2017 the female teams were sidelined by a lack of funding. AFP




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