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The findings of the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) show that 27 civilians have been killed in the past three days.
The civilian casualties were reported in 11 security incidents in Kabul, Kandahar, Paktia, Kunduz, Badghis, Zabul, Herat and Maidan Wardak provinces.
According to AIHRC, the killed civilians included 15 men, six women and six children, and the wounded included 34 men, 10 women and 16 children.
AIHRC blamed Taliban for 54.5 percent of civilian casualties, 9.1 percent to government forces and 36.4 percent to unknown groups.
A statement from the AIHRC said the Taliban had continued to use roadside mines this week, carrying out heavy car bomb attacks on military bases.
According to AIHRC, the Taliban attacks did not observe the basic principles of international humanitarian law.
On the other hand, AIHRC has said that government airstrikes have resulted in civilian casualties in some cases due to inaccuracies, incorrect information and disregard for the precautionary principle.
During his visit to Tashkent, Abdullah Abdullah, the chairman of the High Council National Reconciliation met with Uzbek Foreign Minister Abdulaziz Kamilov before noon on Wednesday.
During the meeting, Kameloff said that his country supports peace efforts led by Afghans and owned by Afghans.
According to him, peace and stability in Afghanistan are in the interest of economic stability and development in the region.
The Uzbek Foreign Minister added that peace in Afghanistan means peace in the region as a whole and that Tashkent supports peace efforts and the Doha talks.
According to the Sapidar Palace, Abdullah Abdullah gave a clear picture of the latest developments in the peace process, regional support for peace efforts and the latest political and security developments in Afghanistan.
He described the current opportunity to achieve peace, exceptional and that Afghanistan is committed to seizing this opportunity.
Abdullah also called on the Taliban to seize this opportunity and to work for peace.
The chairman of High Council for National Reconciliation has condemned the escalation of violence in the country. He added that no one should seek political advantage by escalating violence.
The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) on Sunday reported 146 new positive cases of coronavirus out of 555 samples tested in the last 24 hours.
The ministry also reported four deaths and 233 recoveries from COVID-19 in the last 24 hours.f
The cumulative number of total cases is now 42,69, the number of total reported deaths is 1,581, and the total number of recoveries is 34,967.
The new cases were reported in Kabul, Kandahar, Herat, Balkh, Nangarhar, Takhar, Kunduz, Parwan, Helmand, Zabul and Uruzgan provinces.
Security officials in Kandahar say at least three women have been killed in Taliban’s rocket attacks in the province.
Kandahar police spokesman Jamal Nasser Barakzai said that the incident took place on Tuesday night in Sang-e-Hesar village in Zheray district.
Barakzai added that security forces had been conducting operations in the village for the past two days and that a large number of residents had fled their homes.
The Taliban have not yet commented on the incident.
CoST Afghanistan report on transparency and accountability on the National Infrastructure Projects, highlights key challenges in the implementation and disclosure of project information, according to Wasdam.
According to the report’s findings, the Government of Afghanistan has prioritized 16 National infrastructure projects in the National Infrastructure Plan (NIP) (2017-2021) under the 1st Afghanistan National Peace and Development Framework (ANPDF) (2017-2021) with the estimated value of around 6 billion USD. The studies show that none of the prioritized projects have been completed so far and likewise the information related to most of the projects were not disclosed publicly and proactively.
As part of the report, the assessment of the disclosure of information indicates that only information of 6 out of 16 national infrastructure projects, have been proactively disclosed in the Afghanistan Government Electronic and Open Procurement System (AGEOPS), while the information of additional projects (10 projects) have not been proactively disclosed.”
Therefore, establishing a specific disclosure portal under the AGEOPS system for disclosure of infrastructure projects information and adopting the new disclosure standards, OC4IDS, could potentially alleviate these challenges and modernize the disclosure process.
Japan has pledged 940mn Yen (equivalent to $9mn) to UNICEF to support emergency needs of Afghan children and women.
An agreement to that effect was signed between Chargé de’ Affaires Takahashi Yoshiaki and UNICEF representative in Kabul Shima Sen Gupta.
The signing ceremony was also attended by acting Afghan Minister of Public Health, Ahmad Jawad Usmani.
According to a joint statement from Japan Embassy and UNICEF, the project will be implemented by UNICEF and Japan Internaational Cooperataion Agency (JICA).
Under the project, UNICEF is expected to vaccinate more than 1.4 million infants and protect more than 10 million children unther the age of 5 from polio.
Uzbekistan’s President Shavkat Mirziyoyev has offered to hold an international conference on Afghanistan in the spring of 2021 in Tashkent, he said on Tuesday during the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit held under the chairmanship of Russia in the format of a video conference.
According to the Uzbek leader, new prospects for establishing peace in Afghanistan open up new transport corridors that can get back Afghanistan’s role as a bridge connecting Central and South Asia. “We offer to discuss this and other issues in April 2021 in Tashkent at an international conference “Central and South Asia: Regional Ties – Challenges and Opportunities,” he said.
As per the TASS report, the Uzbek president added that due to the efforts of the international community and the SCO states, Afghanistan had set out the prospects for peaceful regulation of the civil war that lasted years. “It is important to unite our efforts to support these positive signals on peace progress,” Mirziyoyev stated.
He noted that it is necessary to provide economic aid to the Afghan nation. Uzbekistan calls for the soonest development of a practical plan on the recovery of Afghanistan’s social-economic structure.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has provided emergency cash assistance to over 50,000 Afghan refugee families affected by the COVID-19 pandemic in Pakistan, the refugee agency said in a statement on Tuesday.
The UNHCR is targeting 70,000 of the most vulnerable refugee families, out of which 50,000 have been provided financial assistance in collaboration with the Ministry of States and Frontier Regions of Pakistan, according to the statement.
Pakistan hosts more than 1.4 million registered Afghan refugees holding Proof of Registration cards, according to the UN refugee agency. Besides registered refugees, Pakistan also hosts about 1 million unregistered refugees.
During the pandemic, many Afghan refugees, including daily wage earners, were left without a source of income.
Indrika Ratwatte, the UN refugee agency’s regional director for Asia and the Pacific, said the assistance will help those hardest hit by the economic downturn, and enable refugees to meet their most urgent needs.
At least two police force members were killed and one more was wounded in a magnetic IED blast in Kabul on Wednesday morning, Kabul police said in a statement.
The incident took place about 06:30am in Lab-e-Jar area in Kabul’s PD11.
No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.
In the meantime, Kabul police said that two members of the Afghan army were killed in an attack by unknown gunmen in Qala-e-Wazir area in Kabul on Tuesday night.