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10 killed and 9 others injured in Afghanistan last week – Pajhwok Afghan News

KABUL (Pajhwok): The World Bank (WB) and the European Union announced $116 million in aid to Afghanistan last week, as the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights, Richard Bennett, called on the transitional government to fulfill its international obligations.

However, Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA) chief spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid called Bennett’s comments biased.

The most important developments of last week

  • Will continue cooperation with the IEA: USA
  • The IEA must meet its human rights obligations: Bennett
  • Officials promise more steps to address the problems
  • Work is underway on five projects, including the Pashdan Dam
  • WB, EU announce over $116 million in aid to Afghanistan

Victims:

Ten people were killed and nine others injured in Afghanistan last week in separate incidents of violence.

Six people were killed and one injured in an attack on a mosque by an unknown gunman in the western province of Herat. Mufti Abdul Matin Qani, spokesperson for the Ministry of Interior (MoI), told Pajhwok Afghan News that the deadly incident occurred when a gunman opened fire on worshipers in Guzra district. Daesh claimed responsibility for the attack.

Local officials said unknown gunmen killed a man in Kandahar province. A child was killed and four others injured in an Explosive Remnant of War (ERW) explosion in Ghazni province.

A man was killed in a mine explosion in the central province of Kapisa. In Nangarhar, a man accidentally killed his brother while four people were injured over a land dispute in Parwan province.

Remark: These figures are based on reports that reached Pajhwok Afghan News. Some incidents may not have been reported or sources may have provided incorrect figures.

Seven people have been killed and seven others injured in various incidents of violence in Afghanistan over the past week.

Before the regime change in Afghanistan on August 15, 2021, hundreds of civilians and members of warring parties were killed and injured every week.

Collaboration with the IEA

U.S. State Department chief deputy spokesman Vedant Patel said interacting with Afghan rulers was important to support the Afghan people and defend U.S. interests.

With this in mind, the US would continue to be involved in the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA), he said.

Patel the US took this opportunity to “fight terrorism and defend human rights” and also engage in direct dialogue with the IEA on “the release of US citizens imprisoned in Afghanistan.”

US Chargé d’Affaires Karen Decker told The New Humanitarian that Washington was in a position where it had to be “very careful with the non-recognition policy” and with its interaction with the interim government in Kabul.

The US diplomat said Washington would continue to engage with the IEA on “pragmatic issues”, with humanitarian aid and human rights being its main areas of focus.

The IEA has not commented on this. However, she has repeatedly expressed an interest in positive interaction with the world based on mutual respect and improved relations.

Human rights

According to a BBC report, an assessment of the human rights situation in Afghanistan was presented at a meeting of the United Nations Human Rights Council. The participants called on the current government to allow girls and women to study and work.

The IEA maintains that all people in Afghanistan have been given their rights under Sharia law and that women’s rights have been protected in accordance with Islamic principles.

But Bennett declared the interim government in Afghanistan was unwilling to be held accountable for its human rights actions. The UN Special Rapporteur on Afghanistan once again called on the Islamic Emirate to fulfill its human rights obligations to the world.

“Bennett’s comments require no response. He is a biased individual who, given the security and stability we have under the regime governing Afghanistan, is just venting his frustrations, which we should not consider significant,” Mujahid said.

A delegation of Afghans based in European countries visited Kabul for twelve days and discussed a number of issues with IEA officials, including girls’ education and the creation of a viable social system.

According to a report on the outcome of the visit, IEA leaders agreed with the delegation on many issues.

Infrastructure projects

Construction work on three roads projects was launched at a cost of almost a billion Afghans in Kabul.

In addition, five check dams are being built at a cost of 10 million Afghans in Dara-i-Noor, Behsud, Dur Baba, Koz Kunar and Shinwari districts of Nangarhar. Similarly, the rest of the work on the Pashdan Dam in Herat also resumed.

According to reports, this dam has the capacity to store approximately 45 million cubic meters of water, irrigate 13,000 hectares of land and generate two megawatts of electricity.

Continuation of humanitarian aid

The EU has allocated €30 million in aid to combat climate change and malnutrition, while the World Bank has contributed $84 million to implement a community resilience and livelihoods project in Afghanistan.

Donated by various organizations, 92 tons of essential medicines arrived in Kabul to treat approximately 675,000 people, including 400,000 children, with life-threatening but preventable diseases.

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