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India Preps for Giant-Slayer Afghanistan

This year, Afghanistan have looked like a top-tier team, showing consistency along with all-round performances and making the most of the experience of playing Caribbean Premier League consistently…reports Asian Lite News

After going unbeaten in the Group A matches of the 2024 Men’s T20 World Cup in the USA, despite the pitches in New York being tough for batting, a confident Team India will be eager to kick off its Super Eights campaign in the Caribbean on a high when they take on giant slayers Afghanistan at the Kensington Oval on Thursday.

A change in conditions will also mean a change in combination for India, who have four spinners in their World Cup squad. With conditions being friendly for fast bowlers in New York, it meant someone like Kuldeep Yadav didn’t get a look into the playing eleven in Group A games.

With the scene of the setting now becoming the West Indies, it will be interesting to see if India play an extra spinner in Kuldeep Yadav, who brings in a different variety and control, as compared to Ravindra Jadeja and Axar Patel.

If that move happens, especially with Kuldeep sweating it hard at the practice sessions so far, then Mohammed Siraj is likely to make way, especially with Arshdeep Singh’s left-arm variety needed to pose tough questions to Afghanistan batters along with Jasprit Bumrah hitting top form.

But with the breeze flowing at Barbados, the fast-bowlers will have a larger say, as data shows their ilk have picked 40 wickets here in this World Cup. The thought of picking the right combination is something which will keep India on their toes, as every result in Super Eights will be key in deciding their progression into the last four stage.

The last match of the World Cup at Barbados saw Australia make 201, and restrict England to 165/6. It’s an encouraging statistic for India, who were far from fluent and found it hard to even touch 120 at New York, and this would boost their batters to play their big shots with absolute conviction.

Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli can bat freely in the power-play, and if the need arises to be ultra-attacking, they can take that route provided left-arm fast-bowler Fazalhaq Farooqi, the leading wicket-taker of the tournament, doesn’t get the ball to move both ways. Rishabh Pant, Suryakumar Yadav, Shivam Dube and Hardik Pandya can be hard-hitting to emerge as match-winners in their own right whenever situations demand them to be.

Afghanistan, meanwhile, are having another fairytale time in a white-ball tournament after beating England, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and the Netherlands in last year’s ODI World Cup. This year, they have looked like a top-tier team, showing consistency along with all-round performances and making the most of the experience of playing Caribbean Premier League consistently.

Thursday’s match against India is also the first time Afghanistan will play a day fixture in the World Cup, which brings a different set of challenges for the Rashid Khan-led side. After slaying New Zealand, Uganda and Papua New Guinea in absolutely dominating fashion, Afghanistan were handed a 104-run loss by co-hosts West Indies.

Farooqi, who has taken 12 scalps in the tournament, will be backed by Afghanistan to get early wickets in power-play alongside Naveen-ul-Haq. Rashid along with Mohammed Nabi and Noor Ahmad must ensure they keep things tight in the middle overs through their controlled spin bowling.

In the batting department, in-form openers Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Ibrahim Zadran hold huge importance, along with Gulbadin Naib, followed by Nabi and Rashid. They would wish for the likes of Azmatullah Omarzai and Karim Janat to step up too.

Afghanistan’s first-ever T20 World Cup game was co-incidentally against India in the Caribbean on May 1, 2010. 14 years later, in the same setting, the two teams will meet again, this time in the Super Eights, and every result will have a huge bearing on their semifinals chances, starting from Thursday.

Squads

India: Rohit Sharma (c), Hardik Pandya (vc), Yashasvi Jaiswal, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant (wk), Sanju Samson (wk), Shivam Dube, Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Arshdeep Singh, Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Siraj.

Afghanistan: Rashid Khan (c), Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Ibrahim Zadran, Azmatullah Omarzai, Najibullah Zadran, Naveen-ul-Haq, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Mohammad Nabi, Gulbadin Naib, Karim Janat, Mohammad Ishaq, Nangyal Kharoti, Hazratullah Zazai, Noor Ahmad, and Fareed Ahmad Malik.

Match Referee: David Boon

On-field Umpires: Rodney Tucker and Paul Reiffel

TV Umpire: Allahudien Paleker

Fourth Umpire: Alex Wharf

Match starts at 8pm IST on Star Sports (TV) and Disney+ Hotstar (Mobile)

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Amnesty calls on Taliban to reopen secondary schools for girls

Amnesty International stressed that the Taliban’s policies violate international laws. …reports Asian Lite News

Amnesty International has urged the Taliban to reopen secondary schools for girls. It said that Afghan girls have lost their right to education due to the Taliban’s “discriminatory and unjust policies,” Afghanistan-based Khaama Press reported.

Amnesty International stressed that the Taliban’s policies violate international laws. A month after the Taliban seized power in Afghanistan, the group reopened schools that were shut due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, they banned the girls from pursuing studies in schools above sixth class.

In a post on X, Amnesty International on June 14 stated, “For 1000 days, Afghan girls have been deprived of their right to education, locked out of their schools due to the discriminatory and unjust Taliban policies violating international law. The Taliban must immediately re-open all secondary schools to girls.”

More than two and a half years have passed, however, the Taliban has yet to make any new statements regarding the reopening of schools for girls above sixth grade.

Amnesty International’s statement comes amid a dire humanitarian crisis and severe human rights issues in Afghanistan. Taliban’s policies have suppressed women’s rights, including education and employment.

In 2022, the Taliban issued a decree banning women from working in aid agencies and domestic organizations. In addition, the Taliban has also imposed restrictions on their free movement, further limiting their opportunities.

Media restrictions have deteriorated the situation, making it difficult for people to stay informed regarding the developments and for the international community to understand the full extent of the crisis, as reported by Khaama Press.

Earlier in May, United Nations officials have once again raised concerns about the situation of women in Afghanistan under Taliban rule.

During a meeting titled “Women, Youth Must Have Greater Participation in Peacebuilding Efforts” that took place in New York, the UN officials the rights of Afghan women, especially the prohibition of girls from attending universities and secondary schools, TOLO News reported.

UN’s Undersecretary-general for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs Rosemary DiCarlo characterised the state of women in Afghanistan as a lost cause.

“Ultimately, it comes down to a simple vision — of overcoming obstacles that deny the full contribution of women,” DiCarlo said at the meeting, TOLO News reported.

Moreover, Sima Bahous, Executive Director of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN-Women), while stating the figures said, “1.1 million girls are without schooling since the 2021 ban in Afghanistan.” (ANI)

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Afghan Supreme Leader Bats for Unity

The elusive leader of Afghanistan made the call in his speech after leading Eid al-Adha prayers in Kandahar city…reports Asian Lite News

The Supreme Leader of the Afghan caretaker government, Hibatullah Akhundzada, on Monday, called upon Afghans to stay united and support his administration, the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan.

The elusive leader of Afghanistan made the call in his speech after leading Eid al-Adha prayers in Kandahar city, the capital of the southern Kandahar province, on Monday morning, local media outlet TOLOnews reported, based on an audio-recorded speech.

“Brothers, accept the plague, but not disunity, because disunity is the worst disease. I do not want disunity among Afghans. If a group of people removes me, I will be happy, but I will not be happy with division among them,” TOLOnews quoted Akhundzada’s speech received by the private media outlet.

Afghans have started from Monday to celebrate the three-day Eid al-Adha holiday, the largest religious festival every year, with fervour and solemnity amid tight security, reports Xinhua news agency.

Earlier on Friday, in a congratulatory message before Eid al-Adha, the leader said that Afghanistan seeks to establish political and economic relations with all countries across the world.

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Let girls study: UNICEF urges Taliban after 1,000 days of school ban

The statement emphasised the far-reaching consequences of the ban, extending beyond the immediate loss of education….reports Asian Lite News

Marking 1,000 days since girls in Afghanistan were banned from secondary school, a top official at the United Nations children’s agency, Unicef, on Thursday used this milestone to urge the Taliban to allow girls to go back to school.

“For 1.5 million girls, this systematic exclusion is not only a blatant violation of their right to education but also results in dwindling opportunities and deteriorating mental health,” UNICEF Executive Director Catherine Russell said in a statement.

The statement emphasised the far-reaching consequences of the ban, extending beyond the immediate loss of education.

“It exacerbates the ongoing humanitarian crisis and has serious ramifications for Afghanistan’s economy and development trajectory,” the statement added.

Russell appealed for the return of girls to schools, pointing to the fact that no country can move forward when half its population is left behind.

“I urge the de-facto authorities to allow all children to resume learning immediately. And I urge the international community to remain engaged and support these girls, who need us more than ever.”

Since returning to power in August 2021, the Taliban has banned girls and women from studying beyond primary school. However, in some parts of the country, women and girls still attend religious schools, as well as midwifery and nursing schools.

The Taliban government is not recognised internationally.

Meanwhile, the Afghan government has declined to participate in a regional meeting on Afghanistan held in Tehran, a senior Taliban diplomat said last week.

Zakir Jalaly, the third political director of the foreign ministry, wrote on X that the Afghan government expects that established mechanisms should be used for discussions on Afghanistan, not new ones.

Special representatives of Iran, Pakistan, Russia, and China met in Tehran last week to discuss Afghanistan.

The United Nations is set to hold an international meeting of various countries’ special representatives for Afghanistan later this month in Doha, with the aim of increasing international cooperation on the country.

The Taliban did not participate in the previous round of the Doha meeting in February. Jalaly added that the Taliban is engaged in talks about the upcoming Doha meeting.

In December, the UN Security Council adopted a resolution calling for the appointment of a special envoy for Afghanistan. The Taliban have consistently been against this.

Since returning to power in 2021, the Taliban have rejected calls for the formation of an inclusive government and to ensure women’s rights to education and work.

As a result, no country has recognized their government. The country’s banking reserves are frozen in the West, and senior Taliban leaders are on US sanctions lists.

Last week, the UN Security Council lifted travel restrictions on four senior Taliban government leaders. The bans were removed for their visit to Mecca, Saudi Arabia where they will perform the annual Muslim pilgrimage of Hajj.

‘19% kids engaged in child labour in Afghanistan’

Nineteen per cent of children are engaged in child labour in Afghanistan, the Afghanistan office of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said.

“The Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs is trying to prevent child labour and support their families. The Ministry has activated training centres for orphaned children and has provided vocational training along with other assistance to the children,” local media outlet TOLOnews quoted the Ministry’s Spokesperson Samiullah Rahimi as saying on Wednesday.

Folad, an Afghan child working at a brick factory in the Dehsabz district of Afghanistan’s capital of Kabul, told Xinhua, “I am interested in going to school, but I can’t. We (our family) are in debt, and I’m not able to continue my studies because of poverty. If the government supports my family, I can go to school and continue my lessons.”

Four decades of war and extreme poverty in Afghanistan have forced numerous children to work as child labourers or struggle to make a living on the street from car washing to shoe shining as quoted by Xinhua news agency report.

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Taliban To Cooperate With Germany On Deportation

The initiative comes after outrage was triggered by the recent killing of a police officer by an Afghan national in Germany.

Afghanistan’s Taliban rulers said on Friday that they are open to cooperating with the German government on the deportation of Afghan criminals back to the country.

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said on Thursday that he wanted to see the swift deportation of criminals back to countries deemed unsafe by the government in Berlin, including Afghanistan and Syria.

The initiative comes after outrage was triggered by the recent killing of a police officer by an Afghan national in Germany.

The attack took place at a rally held by an anti-Islam group in the western city of Mannheim.

“Such criminals should be deported – even if they come from Syria and Afghanistan,” Scholz told the Bundestag or the lower house of the Parliament.

Kabul responded on Friday to the German leader’s remarks.

“The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan calls upon the German authorities to address through normal consular engagement and an appropriate mechanism based on bilateral agreement,” Taliban Foreign Ministry spokesman Abdul Kahar Balchi posted on X.

Germany has not sent anyone back to Afghanistan since the Taliban takeover in August 2021. Even before that, the agreement was that only men – especially criminals and those deemed terrorist threats – would be forcibly returned due to the difficult security situation.

Critics warn against talks with the Taliban, who are currently internationally isolated.

According to Thomas Ruttig, the co-founder of the Afghanistan Analysts Network, the Taliban could benefit from deportations by using them as an opportunity to cooperate with a Western state, which could be seen as a boost to their reputation.

The German refugee advocacy group Pro Asyl has condemned Scholz’s initiative.

“International law clearly prohibits any deportations to Afghanistan and Syria,” Pro Asyl’s managing director Karl Kopp told the Augsburger Allgemeine newspaper in remarks published on Friday.

Kopp described Scholz’s proposed plans as unlawful because “both countries are known for their use of torture and inhuman punishments.”

A diversion via Afghanistan’s neighbouring countries, such as Pakistan, is also currently being considered by the German government.

However, the Taliban reject this possibility. Extraditions to third countries would be a violation of current conventions, the Foreign Ministry spokesman emphasised in his statement.

So far, no country has officially recognised the Taliban government. Western states demand that human rights, and especially women’s rights, be respected in the country before recognition is granted.

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20 people killed after boat capsizes in Nangarhar

The incident occurred in the Basal area of Mohmand Dara district in Nangarhar….reports Asian Lite News

As many as 20 people have died after a boat capsized in Afghanistan’s Nangarhar on Saturday, Khaama Press reported, citing Taliban’s local officials.

According to the Taliban, five passengers of the boat have been rescued. Taliban-appointed governor’s office said that the bodies of five victims have been recovered so far, according to Khaama Press report.

The boat was carrying 25 people, including women and children. The deceased include women and children. In a statement, the Taliban-appointed governor’s media office stated that this “generator boat” sank around 7:30 am (local time) on Saturday.

The incident occurred in the Basal area of Mohmand Dara district in Nangarhar. So far, officials found the bodies of five people and a search is being conducted for the remaining bodies, Khaama Press reported.

According to the statement, the emergency aid teams from the Taliban-led Ministry of Health and other officials have been dispatched to the site of the incident to search for the victims’ bodies.

Earlier, an earthquake of magnitude 4.3 on the Richter Scale struck Afghanistan last week, the National Center for Seismology (NCS) said.

According to NCS, the earthquake struck at a depth of 173 kilometers at 9:21 pm (IST)

In a post on X, NCS stated, “EQ of M: 4.3, On: 29/05/2024, 21:21:29 IST, Lat: 36.52 N, Long: 70.78 E, Depth: 173 Km, Location: Afghanistan.”

No casualties have been reported yet. Further details are awaited.

Earlier on May 1, an earthquake of magnitude 4.0 on the Richter Scale jolted Afghanistan on Wednesday, according to the National Centre for Seismology (NCS).

The epicentre of the earthquake was located at Latitude 26.34 and Longitude 95.85, at a depth of 10 kilometres, the NCS had stated. (ANI)

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Taliban Rejects Besham Attack, Blames Pakistan

Mujahid said that targeting the Chinese nationals is Pakistan’s matter and has nothing to do with Afghanistan….reports Hamza Ameer

The Afghan Taliban has taken less than 24 hours to backtrack from its earlier commitment to help Pakistan apprehend the perpetrators behind the terror attack targeting a bus carrying Chinese engineers in Besham city.

“We have no connection to the terror attack in which five Chinese engineers were killed on March 26,” Kabul has said.

Afghan Taliban has also turned down Islamabad’s request for assistance in the ongoing investigation into the Besham attack.

“They (Pakistan) are trying to create a rift between Kabul and Beijing. The Besham episode has nothing to do with Afghanistan. It is Pakistan which should ensure its own security,” said Afghan Taliban Spokesperson Zabiullah Mujahid.

Mujahid said that targeting the Chinese nationals is Pakistan’s matter and has nothing to do with Afghanistan.

“The report published by Pakistan is an attempt to create distrust between China and Afghanistan. We have repeatedly denied this. It is also illogical,” he said.

Kabul’s rejection comes within 24 hours of Pakistan stating that the Afghan administration is ready to assist and work with Islamabad to take the investigation forward.

Earlier, Pakistan’s Interior Secretary Muhammad Khurram Agha had travelled to Kabul, carrying a message from Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif for the Taliban administration.

Diplomatic sources confirmed that Agha had a detailed meeting with Interim Afghan Deputy Interior Minister Muhammad Nabi Omari as Pakistan shared evidence in reference to the Besham attack of Chinese engineers, maintaining that there are clear links between the Besham attack and the Afghanistan territory.

Pakistan’s Foreign Office also issued a statement, highlighting that the Afghan side has agreed to examine the findings of the investigation and expressed its resolve to work with Pakistan to take the investigation forward and to its logical conclusion.

“The Afghan side reiterated its commitment to prevent the use of their soil for any terrorist activity against other countries, including Pakistan,” the statement said.

Pakistan claims that the suspects involved in the Besham attack have been identified and the evidence has been shared with Kabul demanding the arrest of culprits.

Mumtaz Zahra Baloch, Spokesperson of the Pakistan Foreign Office, confirmed Kabul’s commitment over the matter on Friday.

“We have been engaged with each other to ensure that the Afghan territory is not used to create trouble in Pakistan. The Afghan authorities have reaffirmed their commitment to ensure that Afghan territory will not be used against third countries including Pakistan,” she said during the weekly press briefing.

Experts say that the Afghan Taliban cannot afford to concede Pakistan’s claims and wants to maintain its relationship with China without the Islamabad connection.

“Afghanistan wants to keep its relation with China completely separate from its terms with Pakistan. The Afghan Taliban will never agree to Pakistan’s claims. Even if they do agree partially, it would take them no time to backtrack from the commitment because they will never take action against the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), a group that is part of their armour,” said strategic expert Kamran Yousaf.

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Over 900 Afghan Refugees Leave Pakistan

More than 1.5 million Afghan refugees have returned from neighbouring Pakistan and Iran over the past year…reports Asian Lite News

Over 900 Afghan refugees have returned to their native country, Afghanistan, from neighbouring Pakistan over the past two days, according to the country’s Ministry of Refugees and Repatriation.

The refugees returned via Torkham and Spin Boldak border crossing points, the ministry on Friday said in a statement, reports Xinhua news agency.

According to the statement, the Afghan caretaker government has provided necessary facilities, including temporary shelters and other essential aid packages for the returnee’s families at the crossing points.

More than 1.5 million Afghan refugees have returned from neighbouring Pakistan and Iran over the past year, from March 21, 2023, to March 19, 2024, as per the ministry’s report.

The Afghan caretaker government has been urging Afghan migrants living abroad to return home and contribute to rebuilding their war-ravaged country.

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UN once again raises concern on Afghan women’s situation

UN’s Undersecretary-general for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs Rosemary DiCarlo characterised the state of women in Afghanistan as a lost cause….reports Asian Lite News

As Afghan women continue to remain deprived of their basic rights, United Nations officials have once again raised concerns about the situation of women in Afghanistan under Taliban rule.

During a meeting titled “Women, Youth Must Have Greater Participation in Peacebuilding Efforts” that took place in New York, the UN officials the rights of Afghan women, especially the prohibition of girls from attending universities and secondary schools, TOLOnews reported.

UN’s Undersecretary-general for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs Rosemary DiCarlo characterised the state of women in Afghanistan as a lost cause.

“Ultimately, it comes down to a simple vision — of overcoming obstacles that deny the full contribution of women,” DiCarlo said at the meeting.

Moreover, Sima Bahous, Executive Director of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN-Women), while stating the figures said, “1.1 million girls are without schooling since the 2021 ban in Afghanistan.”

More than two and a half years have passed, but the Taliban has yet to make any new statements regarding the reopening of schools for girls above sixth grade. As the Taliban solidifies its control over Afghanistan, the humanitarian crisis in the country continue to worsen.

Stephane Dujarric, spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General, emphasized the importance of engaging with current Afghan officials while also stressing the need to “ensure the rights of women and girls” in Afghanistan.

“We continue on the same path in terms of Afghanistan which is engaging with the de facto authorities, because they are the de facto authorities in Afghanistan. We also continue to push them constantly and continuously on the issue of the rights of women and girls which are their rights to have which are being denied on a daily basis almost across the border,” he said at the meeting, according to TOLOnews.

However, despite international outcry, the Taliban has not made any concrete decision on when the schools will be opened for girls in the country

Time and again, the Taliban has reiterated that women’s rights in Afghanistan are ensured within the framework of Islamic law.

The spokesperson for the Islamic Emirate, Zabihullah Mujahid, said: “Men and women in Afghanistan have rights, and the Islamic Emirate is committed to providing those rights as endorsed by Islamic law. The Islamic Emirate strives to address the rights of all citizens of the country,” according to TOLOnews report.

Afghanistan’s delegate at the UN Human Rights Council, meanwhile, highlighted the nation’s efforts to achieve gender equality and demanded the lifting of limitations on women and girls.

With infrastructure crumbling and essential services disrupted, millions are at risk of starvation and diseases in Afghanistan as the nation remains under a humanitarian crisis.

Humanitarian organisations struggle to provide aid amidst security concerns and logistical challenges.

The ban on girls’ schools since the Taliban takeover has led to a generation of girls deprived of education, perpetuating cycles of poverty and inequality. (ANI)

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Floods in Afghanistan’s Ghor, Faryab provinces kill dozens

Thousands of homes, hundreds of shops and thousands of acres of farmland have been destroyed in these floods and thousands of livestock have perished.

Nearly 70 people have been killed in recent floods in Ghor and Faryab provinces of Afghanistan, Afghanistan-based TOLO News reported. Local officials in Ghor province have reported that 10 people are still missing, and the death toll from the floods that occurred on Friday might rise.

Thousands of homes, hundreds of shops and thousands of acres of farmland have been destroyed in these floods and thousands of livestock have perished.

Nearly 80 per cent of the city of Ferozkoh has been devastated in the floods that occurred in Ghor. Furthermore, the heavy rainfall has submerged the surroundings of the Minaret of Jam in Ghor, sparking concerns about the potential destruction of 800-year-old monument.

Taliban-appointed Ghor province’s spokesperson Abdul Wahid Hamas has said that 50 people, including women and children have died and several are missing in recent floods.

Speaking to TOLO News, Abdul Wahid Hamas said, “In these floods, fifty people, including women and children, have died, and several are missing. Two thousand houses have been completely destroyed, and more than four thousand houses have been partially damaged. Furthermore, two thousand five hundred shops in the city of Ferozkoh and the districts of this province have been destroyed.”

The districts of Shahrak, Dolina, and Tiura alongside the city of Ferozkoh have been impacted by the floods in Ghor. The main Herat-Ghor highway and roads connecting the districts to Ferozkoh have been destroyed and blocked. Homeless people have been facing difficult conditions.

Speaking to TOLO News, Nazar Mohammad, a resident of Ferozkoh city, said, “These floods have left us without clothes or a morsel of bread. I am in dire need of ten afghani. Two families lived here, and the flood destroyed both homes.”

Another resident of Ferozkoh Abdul Hai said that his orchard, home and livelihood “are all gone and nothing is left intact.” He further said, “Nothing is left intact, and even our food has been taken by the flood. The floods have destroyed the wells, and we have no drinking water.”

As many as 18 people have died in the deadly floods in Faryab province and caused financial losses to residents of Faryab and Sar-e Pol provinces, according to TOLO News report.

Taliban-appointed Faryab governor’s spokesperson Esamatullah Moradi said, “The severe flood that hit Faryab province mainly affected the districts of Belcheragh, Pashtun Kot, Khwaja Sabz Posh, Qaisar, and Almar, causing significant financial losses to the local residents. Eighteen people have been martyred, and two have been injured in these floods.”

Taliban-appointed Sar-e Pol Governor’s spokesperson Habibullah Masroor said, “In the villages of Khawal and Qala Shahr in the Kohistanat district, more than 60 residential houses have been either destroyed or partially damaged. Dozens of shops and hundreds of acres of agricultural land have been destroyed,” the report said.

Recent floods in many parts of Afghanistan, particularly Ghor, have been unprecedented. On Saturday, Taliban-led Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation has announced that the provinces of Panjshir, Nuristan, Kunar, Kapisa, Parwan, Bamiyan, Faryab, Jawzjan, Herat, Farah, Ghor, Badghis, Badakhshan, Takhar, Baghlan and Samangan will experience heavy rainfall and potential flooding on Sunday. (ANI)

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