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Taliban chief seeks international help for displaced Afghans

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Taliban’s refugee minister Haqqani tells Al Jazeera pressing actions are wanted to assist displaced Afghans earlier than winter.

Kabul, Afghanistan – A Taliban chief has urged motion and assist from the worldwide group, together with donor companies, to assist displaced Afghans forward of the approaching winter.

In latest days, support teams have warned Afghanistan faces an “impending humanitarian crisis” if support and assets usually are not delivered to the nation.

Poverty could soar to 97 percent by the center of subsequent 12 months, in keeping with the United Nations’ World Meals Programme, as famine and drought forces thousands to move to the cities in quest of refuge.

In an interview with Al Jazeera, the Taliban’s minister for refugees, Khalil-ur-Rahman Haqqani, mentioned whereas 1000’s of individuals have been internally displaced, there was “now peace in Afghanistan and everybody may return dwelling”.

A displaced Afghan little one performs at a camp for internally displaced individuals in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Monday, September 13, 2021[Bernat Armangue/AP Photo]

“An estimated 20,000 persons are in Kabul from Panjshir valley,” Haqqani informed Al Jazeera.

“The precedence can be Kabul as it’s the most populated metropolis and holds the very best variety of refugees.”

Haqqani added that individuals can be given help to return and assist to “rebuild their properties” if they’ve been broken.

However any interactions with Haqqani are prone to be tough because the US authorities has designated him a “international terrorist”. The USA has positioned a $5m bounty and he additionally has been sanctioned by the UN, with expenses together with associating with al-Qaeda.

The group says the sanctions ought to have been eliminated following the deal signed by the US in Qatar final 12 months.

He mentioned the following section of the plan was to make “particular cities in every province” from the place individuals have been displaced and for them to be designed to have “services in addition to jobs in improvement, providers, development and agriculture for the local people”.

“The reason being to verify there’s a one-window answer for these wanting to assist, centralise wants from everywhere in the nation, cut back waste, take away corruption and guarantee all assist reaches those that deserve it essentially the most,” he added.

Strapped for money

Haqqani admitted that there was a “cash-flow drawback however God prepared, we are going to slowly overcome this drawback as properly”.

“Crucial factor is the peace in Afghanistan doesn’t warrant any refugees or displaced individuals,” he added.

On Friday, the UN Excessive Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi called on countries to engage with the Taliban or threat a “humanitarian disaster”.

Talking in Islamabad, the capital of neighbouring Pakistan, Grandi mentioned the worldwide group shouldn’t solely present support to the poverty-stricken nation, but in addition settle for Afghan refugees.

On Wednesday, Pakistan’s nationwide safety adviser Moeed Yusuf additionally referred to as on the worldwide group to “have interaction” with the Taliban or threat a return to instability in Afghanistan.

Previous to the Taliban takeover, one-third of the nation’s gross home product (GDP) was drawn from international funding.

The Taliban took over Kabul final month after swiftly capturing greater than a dozen provincial capitals in below two weeks.

Following the autumn of Kabul, the US and different nations, together with NATO allies, evacuated thousands of residents and eligible Afghan nationals.

No authorities has but recognised the interim Taliban authorities.

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