KABUL (Pajhwok): At least 73 people were killed and injured in Afghanistan last week, while a decree banning poppy cultivation and Russia’s acceptance of a diplomat from the new Afghan government were other news important.
- Decree prohibiting poppy cultivation in Afghanistan hailed by some countries.
- Russia accepts a diplomat from the new Afghan government.
- Countries around the world have called on the Taliban to keep their promises.
- Interim Government: Everything is happening according to promises and principles.
- Afghanistan receives $64 million in cash.
- Last week, delay in the opening of girls’ high schools criticized.
- UNAMA urges the interim government to end restrictions on the media.
- Last week, five people were killed and 68 injured in Afghanistan.
At least five people were killed and 68 others injured in Afghanistan last week.
One person was killed and 57 others were injured in a grenade attack at Kabul’s money market and nearly a dozen were injured in a similar attack on Pul-e-Khashti Mosque in Kabul, according to reports . In addition, two armed robbers killed a shopkeeper in the Parwan-e-Seh district of Kabul city.
The bodies of a 24-year-old man and a 14-year-old boy were found in Taloqan, the capital of Takhar province, and Kandahar city respectively.
Also, a man killed his mother in Haska Mina district of Nangarhar, according to reports.
At least 25 people were killed and 38 others were injured in Afghanistan the previous week.
Hundreds of people are believed to be killed and injured in the fighting each week in the country before the political change in August.
Ban on narcotics
Last week, an edict issued by the supreme leader of the Taliban banned the cultivation, trafficking, purchase and sale of opium and all kinds of narcotics. The decree states that if anyone violates the law, the crop will be destroyed and the offender will be dealt with according to Islamic law.
The United States and Iran welcomed the decree banning poppy cultivation and drug use in Afghanistan. The United States hopes that the decree will be implemented and that Iran has expressed its readiness to cooperate in the field of alternative agriculture in Afghanistan.
The executive order comes at a time when most of the world’s narcotics are currently produced in Afghanistan and have yet to be stopped, despite the international community having spent billions of dollars over the past two decades.
Reports indicate that the Afghan caretaker government has sacked the government’s former ambassador to Moscow, Syed Tayeb Jawad, and replaced him with Jamal Gharwal.
The Russian Foreign Ministry said there was still time to talk about recognizing the current Afghan government. He says it is important to maintain diplomatic relations with the current Afghan government, but accreditation of new diplomats does not mean recognition of the new Afghan administration.
At a special meeting on Afghanistan in Brussels, special envoys from the United States, the European Union, France, Germany, Italy, Norway and the United Kingdom called on the Afghan government to keep its promises to the international community and the Afghan people.
Reina Ameri, the U.S. special envoy for Afghan women and human rights, said the Afghan caretaker government should not expect the lifting of sanctions and recognition if international conditions do not were not fulfilled. She said international conditions include girls’ access to school and women’s right to work.
Zalmay Khalilzad, a former US special envoy to Afghanistan last week when meeting with Pakistani officials on the sidelines of a security meeting in Pakistan, said the ‘Islamic emirate’ does not adhere to the deal of Doha in its current political structure.
Bilal Karimi, deputy spokesman for the interim government, said: “Khalilzad is just one person…he does not represent any country or organization, so his views are personal and currently everything is moving in accordance with agreements and principles.
Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi at the Pakistan security meeting said the international community should work with Afghan officials and release frozen assets from Afghanistan.
Last week, two humanitarian aid packages, worth $32 million each, arrived in Afghanistan, while the EU sent 34 tonnes of medical supplies to Afghanistan.
Meanwhile, UN Development Program (UNDP) officials in Afghanistan have stressed that Afghanistan will not be stable without economic development.
The UNDP said current humanitarian aid to Afghanistan is insufficient as millions of people in the country face economic challenges.
The school year in Afghanistan started on March 23, but the government has postponed the opening of classes for girls above sixth grade until further notice, saying schools will reopen once a comprehensive plan has been developed.
However, the move faced backlash.
Last week, the UN secretary-general expressed concern over the government’s decision on girls’ schools, calling it unfavorable to Afghanistan. The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) called the decision “discriminatory” and said it would negatively affect future generations in the country.
The EU also condemned the decision and called on Afghan officials to honor their promises.
A number of people and religious scholars in Kabul and Balkh provinces have also called on the caretaker government to reopen secondary and secondary schools for girls.
Restrictions and media
The penultimate week, the Afghan caretaker government shut down BBC, VOA and Deutsche Welle television programs that were broadcast by Afghan channels in Afghanistan.
The government’s decision on the media has also sparked domestic and foreign reactions.
An international journalist support institute, in a joint study with an Afghan regional foundation, said last week that the Afghan government’s ban on international media would severely harm Afghans’ access to independent information.
Additionally, UNAMA called on the Afghan government to discuss with media representatives their concerns and lift restrictions on the media.