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Afghanistan is in Dire Need Of Help

The Moral Consciousness of Humanity is Weeping on behalf on Teeming Children who are yet to see Light of the day. The Big Power Politics plays at the Hands of Muslims to Kill and in turn being Killed while Sitting as Mere Spectators

The health care system in Afghanistan is on the brink of collapse, international aid groups warned this week, threatening to deepen the country’s humanitarian crisis just as temperatures begin dropping. Thousands of health care facilities have run out of essential medicines. Afghan doctors have not been paid in two months, with no paychecks in sight. And in recent weeks, there has been a surge of cases of measles and diarrhea, according to the World Health Organization. For two decades, aid from the World Bank and other international donors propped up the country’s health care system, but after the Taliban seized power, they froze $600 million in health care aid. Now, just over a month into Taliban rule, the toll is becoming clear. “We are deeply concerned that Afghanistan faces imminent collapse of health services and worsening hunger if aid and money do not flow into the country within weeks,” Alexander Matheou, Asia Pacific director of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, said at a news conference Thursday. “Afghanistan’s looming harsh winter threatens greater misery and hardships.”
The Taliban held their first face-to-face talks with a joint United States-European Union delegation on Tuesday in Qatar as Brussels pledged €1 billion ($1.2 billion) in aid for Afghanistan. The hardline Islamists are seeking recognition, as well as assistance to avoid a humanitarian disaster, after they returned to power in August following the withdrawal of U.S. troops after 20 years of war won by the people of Afghanistan called Taliban leadership. United Nations chief Antonio Guterres earlier urged the world to donate to drought-hit and impoverished Afghanistan to head off economic collapse. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen announced the E.U. aid package, meant “to avert a major humanitarian and socio-economic collapse”, at a virtual G20 summit hosted by Italy. She also stressed the funds are “direct support” for Afghans and would be channelled to international organisations working on the ground, not to the Taliban’s interim government which Brussels does not recognise.
The takeover of this country has caused a massive shock to an economy that was just about surviving. Banks were closed for many days after the Taliban seized control, and while many have opened now, accessing cash is still difficult. Many businesses shut down because their owners fled the country fearing for their lives. Many of those who had jobs haven’t received salaries for months. With no cash in the market, there has been a sharp rise in prices of day to day necessities including food. An already difficult situation created by war and drought has become much worse. Women who had jobs and supported their families can no longer work and are now entirely dependent on handouts. In Kabul, hundreds of people are still living in the open in tents with harsher winter months fast approaching. Development aid given by foreign countries and agencies to Afghanistan, which helped to put cash into the economy, is all but frozen. This, on the ground, means that people who worked on development projects are out of jobs. The global community faces a tough decision – how to reach the Afghan people, without recognising a Taliban government. Anyways many Global powers said the Taliban must grant access to all UN bodies delivering aid, and stressed the need for the rights and girls and women to be respected. The then Mrs Merkel’s words were echoed by Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, who was hosting the virtual summit. He said G20 countries had to have contact with the Taliban but that did not mean recognition of the Islamist group’s government.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the country should not be allowed to “descend into chaos”. The virtual summit came as the UN urged world leaders to put billions of dollars into the Afghan economy. Mrs Merkel, who did not stand for re-election last month and will step down as chancellor once a new government is formed, reaffirmed Germany’s pledge of €600m. “None of us has anything to gain if the entire monetary system in Afghanistan collapses or the financial system collapses,” she told reporters. “Then humanitarian aid can no longer be provided. Of course it’s never easy to draw the line, so to speak, but to look on as 40 million people descend into chaos because there’s no electricity supply or financial system – that cannot and must not be the goal of the international community.”
One month after India offered humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan said his Government would allow the aid to transit over the land route through Pakistan. India had protested the delay in Pakistan’s permissions for the aid to be facilitated, including most recently at the 8-nation Regional Security Dialogue on Afghanistan in New Delhi, which had ended with a declaration that called for assistance to be ‘unimpeded’. After few giurs Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan said that Pakistan would “favourably” consider the request by the Taliban government in Afghanistan for transporting wheat offered by India through the country on an “exceptional basis” for humanitarian purposes. The federal cabinet of Pakistan on Tuesday granted permission to India to use Pakistan’s land route to ship wheat aid to Afghanistan where millions of people face hunger as a harsh winter sets in..
Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi travelled to Kabul in last week of October that too when Pakistan itself is engaging with Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) along with spy agency ISI chief Lt Gen Faiz Hameed on an unannounced visit to meet the Taliban leadership and vowed to provide humanitarian assistance worth Rs 500 crore to save the Afghan people from an economic crisis. Qureshi met interim Afghanistan Prime Minister Mullah Mohammad Hassan Akhund and underlined that Pakistan wanted lasting peace and stability in Afghanistan. Pakistan has yet to recognise Afghanistan’s interim government led by Taliban. The interim government of the Taliban has failed to win international recognition. Qureshi said Pakistan was determined to help the Afghan people to save them from an economic crisis. He said Pakistan would provide humanitarian assistance worth Rs 500 crore to Afghanistan and would also allow duty free import of fresh fruits and vegetables from Afghanistan to facilitate bilateral trade. The United Nations has warned last month that the poverty rate in Afghanistan was soaring and public services were close to collapse. Some 40 per cent of the country’s GDP – national output – comes from aid, according to the World Bank.
It was the first time that all the major Central Asian countries had participated in the meetings hosted by India and Pakistan but the meeting hosted by india has been given a miss by Pakistan and China. And these meetings had reviewed the regional security situation following the Taliban’s takeover of Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan. The first conference started in New Delhi on November 10. National security adviser (NSA) Ajit Doval chaired the meeting attended by national security advisers/secretaries of security councils of Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. The meeting, however, has no representation from Afghanistan, China or Pakistan. At the second meeting, Pakistan’s special envoy on Afghanistan Mohammad Sadiq Khan hosted a meeting called “Troika Plus” in Islamabad on November 11. Officials from Russia, China, the United States and Pakistan were present in the meeting. Taliban government’s acting foreign minister Mawlawi Amir Khan Muttaqi also attended the Islamabad meeting. During the New Delhi meeting, the participating countries had reviewed the security situation in the region arising from recent developments in Afghanistan, the ministry of external affairs (MEA) said in a press release on November 8.
To conclude is to say that the contemporary world order rests on the sovereignty of people and their rights. This order is known as Democratic order of governance in common parlance. The order came through Renaissance of Humanistic tradition of ancient times. It accords a highest place to worth of human rights, their sovereignty through liberty,equality and fraternity. As is believed the order is supposed to be Ideological end of Human Beings. In fact the sobriquet of “Democratic ideal is common heritage of mankind” is given for its genuineness by former PM of India Dr Manmohan Singh. So the ideal supposed to be coil of snake revolving round human beings was meant to ensure the enjoyment of rights. This tradition evolved through huge conferences, elephantine charters,treaties, covenants etc. But as Joseph Nye once commented ” American glut in hard power power usage eroded their worth as they make rules for others to follow but wants exemption for themselves”. The present situation of Afghanistan and the plight of teeming millions seems perverted form of this Democratic order in line of above comment. And whole world should awake from the deep slumber to help the people of Islamic emirate of Afghanistan who have seen their dark phase of life from last three decades… Hope to get some bolt from blue lets keep our fingers crossed to see the bright future of war torn land so called Islamic emirate of Afghanistan..

Writer Shahid Majeed Mir can be reached at mirshahid363@gmail.com

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