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The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in its Weekly Humanitarian Update report which was released on Wednesday said that the Internaly Displaced Persons (IDPs) have received aids as fighting intensified in Afghanistan.
According to the report, 1,660 IDPs received humanitarian assistance in the southern provinces, almost 26,000 people received humanitarian aid in the eastern provinces and 16,975 people received winter assistance in the centre of the country.
The Global Humanitarian Review 2020 states that around 168 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance.
While humanitarian workers carry a heavy burden, millions of people in need face a daily struggle to survive, to support their families.
Among them are the victims of Afghanistan’s enduring conflict, which has forcibly displaced people for more than four decades and continues to claim thousands of civilian lives each year.
The Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Peace Negotiations Team in a statement has said that Fawzia Koofi, Fatima Gailani and Sharifa Zurmati Wardak participated and addressed a two-day virtual seminar on the role and involvement of women in the Afghan Peace Process, hosted by the Nordic Women Mediators Network.
At the beginning of the seminar, Ms. Mette Knudsen, ambassador of Denmark to Afghanistan, said: “Despite the escalation of violence in Afghanistan, peace negotiations are a good opportunity to resolve this crisis, and in this opportunity, it is necessary to discuss the role of women and the need for their presence in the peace process, and how to support them globally.”
In the meantime, Fawzia Koofi, member of the negotiation team, said that women are not only victims of the ongoing war, but also lost their closest family members in this war.
Fatima Gailani, another member of the negotiation team, spoke about the importance of the role and support of regional and neighboring countries in the Afghanistan peace process, and said that peace in Afghanistan plays an important role in world stability and peace.
The statement added that various dimensions of UNSCR 1325 in the Afghanistan peace process and women’s involvement in the peace process, as well as the role of international actors in 2021, were discussed in the seminar.
President Ashraf Ghani had a telephone conversation with the Kazakhstan President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev today, the Presidential Palace (Arg) said.
Arg in a statement on Wednesday said that the two sides discussed the Afghan peace process and regional issues.
The two presidents also spoke about the urgent need to resolve the problem of Afghan students in Kazakhstan and to expand trade and economic cooperation between Afghanistan and Kazakhstan, the statement added.
The National Directorate of Security (NDS) operatives have arrested five members of the Taliban group during an operation in Daikundi province.
Haiatullah Rahimi, deputy of NDS in Daikundi at a press conference on Wednesday said that the Taliban members were arrested from Tamzan village of Pato district.
According to Rahimi, NDS forces seized a vehicle and a motorcycle from the detainees.
In the meantime, the governor of Daikundi province, Ahmad Zia Hamdard said that two of the detainees were involved in several bombings in which one army force was killed and five others were wounded.
Based on the information of Daikundi officials, four of the detainees were arrested from Pato district and one of them was arrested from Kijran district.
The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) on Wednesday reported 18 new positive cases of coronavirus out of 2,098 samples tested in the last 24 hours.
The ministry also 1 deaths from coronavirus were recorded and 24 recoveries from COVID-19 in the last 24 hours.
The cumulative number of total cases is now 55,420 the number of total reported deaths is 2,419 and the total number of recoveries is 48,133.
The new cases were reported in Kabul, Herat, Kandahar, Balkh, Nangarhar, Takhar, Baghlan, Helmand and Uruzgan provinces.
Following the non-approval of the draft budget for the fiscal year of 1,400 and the postponement of equalizing the salaries of government employees, the speaker of Lower House of Parliament says the government should make excuses for paying the salaries of employees.
Mir Rahman Rahmani, the speaker of Lower House on Wednesday’s session said that based on the constitution, the payment of salaries is not related to the delay in approving the budget at all, and the salaries of employees should be paid on time.
Rahmani said that it has been four days that the third draft budget for the next year submitted and a copy of it to all internal commissions.
Rahmani said that from tomorrow, all Parliament’s commissions can discuss the budget in their meetings.
Referring to the tensions between the government and the Lower House over the approval of the budget, Rahmani stated that the dialogues on the budget is tense in all parliaments of the world, there is no political and personal dispute regarding the budget.
Stating that the budget has not been taken hostage, he said that the aim of the parliament is to make reforms, make it useful and change the budget for the benefit of the people.
The IS-K group in Afghanistan – seemingly pushed to the brink last year following unrelenting pressure from the U.S. and Afghan militaries, and by multiple Taliban offenses – appears to have recovered and may soon look to strike further afield, according to U.S. military and intelligence officials.
As per VoA report, the IS-Khorasan, contrasts with its waning fortunes just over a year ago, when U.S. officials estimated it had lost “up to half its force” while suffering a string of defeats in Nangarhar and Kunar provinces.
Stripped of its key territories, U.S. intelligence estimates at the time suggested IS-Khorasan was down to as few as 1,000 fighters. So too, there were growing questions about its offensive capabilities.
“The group maintains a steady operational tempo and probably retains the ability to conduct attacks in Kabul and other urban centers,” a U.S. official told VOA on the condition of anonymity in order to discuss the latest intelligence assessment.
“We are concerned about the group’s demonstrated interest in conducting external operations,” the official said, noting IS-Khorasan is still “of the largest and most lethal branches of ISIS’s global network and maintain a direct relationship with ISIS leaders in Iraq and Syria.”
At least nine irregular migrants from Afghanistan were held in Turkey’s northwestern Kocaeli province on Tuesday, Anadolu Agency reported.
According to the report, the Afghan nationals were caught in a bus during a security checkpoint in Gebze district.
The police also arrested the bus driver.
Turkey has been a key transit point for asylum seekers who want to cross into Europe to start new lives, especially those fleeing war and persecution.
The Ministry of Defense (MoD) says at least 22 Taliban militants including two Pakistanis, 6 Arabs and two Tajiks have been arrested during an operation in Ghazni province.
MoD in a statement on Wednesday said that Afghan security forces have conducted an operation in Deh-e Yak district of Ghazni province.
According to the statement, a Taliban base where suicide jackets were made and suicide bombers were kept was destroyed during the operation.
The statement added that Afghan forces also seized 16 suicide vests and 16 tons of explosives were demolished.
Afghan security officials reported three explosions in the capital, Kabul on Wednesday morning.
The spokesman of Kabul Police, Ferdaws Faramarz said that at least two people were killed and five more were wounded in the three incidents.
According to Faramarz, the first explosion took place in Qalay Abdul Ali area of Paghman district, which caused by an IED blast targeting a ranger type vehicle. The incident had no casualties.
“The second explosion occurred when a vehicle hit by an IED blast in Qoway Markaz area of PD2 at around 08:38am. At least four people were wounded in the incident,” Police spokesman said.
Faramarz noted that the third explosion happened when a Land Cruiser type vehicle targeted by an IED blast near Baraki square at around 08:55am.
“At least two people were killed and one other was injured in the third blast,” he added.
No group has claimed responsibility for the incidents so far.