Taliban Discusses Afghanistan's Development With Aga Khan Foundation
KABUL (Sputnik) - The Taliban, represented by the deputy prime minister of the Taliban-led Afghan government, Abdul Salam Hanafi, met with the envoy of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), Akbar Pesnani, to discuss a comprehensive development strategy for the country, the movement's spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said on Saturday.
Pesnani reported on the activities of the AKDN agencies aimed at developing the cultural, economic and social spheres in Afghanistan, and noted that over 140 cultural heritage sites have already been restored in the country with the foundation's assistance.
The AKDN envoy stressed that the current priority should be the development of female education in Afghanistan.
In his turn, Hanafi said that the Taliban-led Afghan government was ready to assist the foundation in its mission in the country. He also noted that joint activities should focus on the development of the health care and education systems in Afghanistan. The Taliban already began creating conditions for girls' education in Afghanistan, Hanafi added.
The Taliban came to power in Afghanistan in mid-August, causing the US-backed government to collapse. The group then set up a new all-male non-inclusive government, led by Mohammad Hasan Akhund, who served as the foreign minister during the previous Taliban rule and has been under UN sanctions since 2001.
The country is currently suffering from severe humanitarian and economic crises, exacerbated by the Taliban's decisions to impose sharia laws in the country, in particular, de facto banning women from education and work.
The Taliban are yet to be recognized as the official Afghan government by the international community, though many counties maintain humanitarian and political contacts with the movement.
Aga Khan’s envoy meets Taliban deputy prime minister
Hanafi urges AKDN to build a hospital in Afghanistan
SAMAA | Samaa Web Desk - Posted: Nov 6, 2021
A special envoy of Prince Karim Aga Khan has met with the Taliban Deputy Prime Minister Abdul Salam Hanafi in Kabul, a Taliban spokesman announced on Saturday sharing the pictures of the meeting.
Hanafi urged the Aga Khan Development Network, or AKDN, to build a well-equipped hospital in Afghanistan, Afghanistan’s Pashto language website Nunn Takki Asia reported.
Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid, in a tweet, confirmed that the activities of the AKDN were discussed during the meeting between Hanafi and Ali Akbar Pesnani, Aga Khan’s envoy for Afghanistan.
Russian news agency Sputnik said the meeting was aimed at developing the cultural, economic, and social sphere in Afghanistan and Pesnani said that over 140 cultural heritage sites had already been restored in Afghanistan with the help of AKDN.
According to Mujahid, the deputy prime minister told Aga Khan’s special envoy that the network could invest in various sectors in Afghanistan.
He assured Pesnani that the Taliban would provide the necessary conditions and facilities for AKDN activities.
Taliban invited Prince Karim Agha Khan to visit Afghanistan
Taliban invited Prince Karim Agha Khan to visit Afghanistan
Taliban have invited Prince Karim Agha Khan to visit Afghanistan. Taliban spokesman Zabeehullah Mujahid has said in a statement that Taliban Deputy Prime Minister Abdul Salam Hanafi met the Special Representative of Agha Khan Ali Akbar Pasnani on Saturday.
According to the Afghan media, the Taliban Deputy Prime Minister also invited the spiritual leader of Ismailis Prince Karim Agha Khan to visit Afghanistan.
According to the reports, Abdul Salam Hanafi also requested Aghakhan Development Network (AKDN) to establish a standard hospital in Afghanistan so that patients do not have to go out of the country.
On this occasion, Ali Akbar Pasnani informed the Taliban leader about the ongoing social, economic and cultural works in Afghanistan by Aghakhan Development Network and reinforced his commitment to continue them in the future.
According to the Russian News Agency Spitnik, Akbar Pasnani emphasized the restoration of women's education and in response, the Taliban Deputy Prime Minister said that the Taliban government is creating a favorable environment in this way.
The Taliban leader requested that the AKDN institutions should expand the scope of their ongoing work in Afghanistan and also assured to provide full inspection in this reference.
CHITRAL: Unlike the previous tenure of the Taliban in mid 90’s, the current Taliban dispensation in Afghanistan has extended a friendly hand to to the Aga Khan Foundation operational in Afghanistan since four decades, in the field of social work.
According to the Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid, the Taliban deputy prime minister Abdul Salam Hanafi met with special envoy of The Aga Khan, Ali Akbar Pesnani, and discussed about AKDN ongoing projects in Afghanistan. He also requested the AKDN to set up a quality hospital in Afghanistan. The Afghan deputy prime minister said their government is taking steps to facilitate female education.
On this occasion the Afghan deputy prime minister also extended a formal invitation to H.H Prince Karim Aga Khan to visit Afghanistan. .. CN report, 07 Nov 2021. Source
Over 1,100 Tons Of Relief Items Sent As Pakistan's Humanitarian Aid To Afghanistan Continues
Pakistan has so far dispatched eight consignments containing 1,115 tons of relief items for Afghan people as the process of extending humanitarian aid to the war-torn country continues
ISLAMABAD, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 25th Nov, 2021 ) :Pakistan has so far dispatched eight consignments containing 1,115 tons of relief items for Afghan people as the process of extending humanitarian aid to the war-torn country continues.
Consisting of food, medicine and shelters, two consignments were dispatched through Torkham border, two from Ghulam Khan border and one from Chaman border.
Five consignments were arranged with the collaboration of Turkish Red Crescent Society, Aga Khan Foundation, Rizq, a Lahore-based startup and Kashmir Orphan Relief Trust.
Out of these, three consignments were sent through Torkham, one each from Angoor Adda and Kharlachi.
The said five consignments consisted of 554 tons of food, medicines and shelters.
Besides dispatching relief items, Pakistan had also been supporting the Afghan masses by sending medical teams to cope with the medical emergency situation which is feared to deteriorate with the onset of the winter.
Pakistan has established two medical camps in which 8,120 patients were examined and 530 patients went through surgical procedures conducted by the Pakistani eye specialists.
The first free eye camp was organised in Khost from November 18-20, 2021 where 2670 patients were treated while 324 surgeries were performed.
The second free eye camp was organized at Muhammad Ali Jinnah Hospital Kabul from November 22-24, 2021 where 5,450 patients including children, women and the elderly were treated and 206 surgeries were performed.
Since the pullout of foreign troops from Afghanistan, Pakistan had been calling the world to assist Afghanistan to avert a humanitarian and economic catastrophe.
In their interactions with foreign leaders, Pakistani leadership had been urging the world to stand with Afghans in the time of need irrespective of the geopolitical interests.
Pakistan has recently announced to send Rs 5 billion humanitarian aid to Afghanistan which would include 50,000 metric tons of wheat, emergency medical supplies, winter shelters and other critical supplies.
As a humanitarian gesture, Pakistan has also allowed India to transport 50,000 metric tons of wheat through Pakistan to Afghanistan.
The government also assured to facilitate the return of Afghan patients stranded in India.
Moreover, the country also approve in-principle tariff and sales tax reduction on key Afghan exports to Pakistan to support the war-hit economy.
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