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The Kingdom of the Netherland and Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation contributed USD 17,000,000 to assist the Government of Afghanistan, through the technical assistance of United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), for the Afghanistan Urban Safety and Security Programme (AUSSP).
According to UN Habitat, the AUSSP is being implemented with technical assistance of UN-Habitat in partnership with municipalities, and Deputy Ministry of Municipalities (DMM), Ministry of Urban Development and Land (MUDL), Ministry of Interior, (MOI), and Ministry of Women Affairs (MoWA), in 8 strategic cities across the country since 2015.
The programme focuses on women, men, girls and boys in the cities with the purpose of strengthening citizen trust in their local and national governments authorities, by supporting improved social & governance relationships by bridging the gap between communities and their governing authorities to facilitate: safe, secure and inclusive urban neighborhoods in cities as active stakeholder participants in the governance and social systems.
The activities are implemented at the community, municipal and national levels, adopting the concept of Safety and Security that encompasses holistic socio-economic issues, and which address crime prevention, through community policing, and crime prevention measures.
To respond to the needs, The Kingdom of Netherlands and Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation supported the programme from 2015 through two phases (Phase I Afghanistan Urban Peacebuilding Programme AUPP and Phase II Afghanistan Urban Safety and Security AUSSP).
In close collaboration with IDLG/DMM, MUDH, MoWA MoIA/ Police-e-Mardumi, Municipalities, Community Development Councils (CDC) and Civil Society Organizations the programme is being implemented.
The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) on Monday reported 228 new positive cases of coronavirus out of 251 samples tested in the last 24 hours.
The ministry also reported 15 deaths and 44 recoveries from COVID-19 in the last 24 hours.
The cumulative number of total cases is now 43,467 the number of total reported deaths is 1,632 and the total number of recoveries is 35,136.
The new cases were reported in Kabul, Herat, Kandahar, Balkh, Takhar, Kunduz, Baghlan, Parwan, Badghis, Logar, Maidan Wardak, Farah and Zabul provinces.
Mohsin Dawar, a member of Pashtun-Tahafuz-Movement (PTM) and North Waziristan National Assembly has criticized Gulbuddin Hekmatyar’s position, saying he is against the current Afghanistan system.
Speaking at a gathering in Miranshah, the center of Northern Waziristan, Dawar said Hekmatyar has been rejected by the people in the Afghan presidential election; But the Pakistani government formally invited him to Pakistan.
“We are telling Hekmatyar! There are no limits to our movement, PTM is everywhere in the Lar-aw-Bar Afghans, and as long as a single PTM worker is alive, I tell Hekmatyar that we won’t let you destroy the Afghan political system,” he said.
In the meantime, Manzoor Pashteen the founder and leader of PTM, criticized the Pakistani army and called for the perpetrators of the “Kharkmar” incident on May 26 this year, in which 15 members of the movement were killed and more than 40 wounded.
The Ministry of Interior (MoI) has rejected the collapse of Dasht-e Archi district in Kunduz province.
“Afghan security forces including commandos have presence in Dasht-e Archi district,” MoI spokesman, Tariq Arian said.
The spokesman of Kunduz governor, Esmatullah Muradi told Reporterly that the Taliban group launched attacks on parts of the Dasht-e Archi district last night.
According to Muradi, at least eight Taliban and three army soldiers were killed and 13 other Taliban militants were wounded during the clashes.
He added that clashes are still underway and reinforcements have arrived at the area.
The fifth round of negotiations on a Comprehensive Strategic Cooperation Document was held between Afghanistan and Iran in Tehran.
The meeting was held between political delegations of the two countries as headed by Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs Seyyed Abbas Araghchi and Mirwais Nab Afghanistan’s Deputy Foreign Minister.
According to Iranian media, after more than seven hours of talks, Araghchi expressed his satisfaction with the salient progress made in this round of talk and added, “A Comprehensive Strategic Cooperation Document between Iran and Afghanistan will soon be readied for signing by presidents of the two countries.”
This document covers perspective of long-term relations between the two countries in the political, security, economic and cultural fields and issues related to the citizens of the two countries as well as issues on water sector.
Prior to talks, Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister Seyyed Abbas Araghchi and Mirwais Nab Afghanistan’s Deputy Foreign Minister discussed the process of negotiations and stressed the will of their countries for finalization of this cooperation document as soon as possible.
Talks between Iran and Afghanistan on comprehensive strategic cooperation document will continue tomorrow.
At least five children were injured in a roadside bomb blast which was planted by Taliban in Qaisar district of Faryab province, security officials said.
The spokesman of Faryab Police, Abdul Karim Yourish said the incident happened in Jorlaq village of Qaisar district on Sunday.
According to Yourish, the incident took place when the children passed the area and hit the bomb.
The Taliban have not yet commented regarding the incident.
Advisor to Pakistani Prime Minister on Commerce and Investment Abdul Razak Dawood has said that a trade delegation would leave for Afghanistan on Monday to further boost bilateral trade ties.
The delegation will start discussions on a new era of trade and investment cooperation so that the two economies may integrate more and further enhance our exports to Afghanistan and beyond, the Pakistani Advisor said in his tweet.
He informed that during the visit, the delegation would hold discussions on various topics including bilateral trade, transit trade, discussion on a Preferential Trade Agreement (PTA) and moving our trade to a more formal and documented arrangement.