Drought put lives of many Afghans at risk: MPs

Parliament on Sunday summoned deputy ministers of Agriculture and Energy & Water as well as minister of Rural Rehabilitation & Development over the issue of drought which has already affected 20 provinces in the country.

The MPs said that drought has put lives of many people at risk and that the government has not taken effective measures to tackle the issue in the country.

“Drought has affected 20 provinces. People don’t have water and facing a major problem,” said MP Mohammad Hashim Mehdi. “People in Kabul were expecting the water dams like Shahtoot and Shah wa Arous to be constructed, but they are not built yet.”

“Unfortunately, the government plans don’t meet the demands of people. The ministries acted poorly in implementing the [water supply] projects. In villages, most of the aqueducts have been dried up, people don’t have access to drinking water and therefore, they have been displaced,” said MP Khalilullah Shahidzada.

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New political party announces presence in Kabul

A new political group called “Omid Saba” has merged under the leadership of the former Afghan intelligence chief Asadullah Khalid in Afghanistan’s crowded political field.

Speaking during a gathering of his supporters, Khalid stressed on unity among Afghan tribes and the transparency of forthcoming election, saying we would not allow the country face crisis.

Pointing at the peace process, he declared that Afghan people want a peace with dignity that all Afghans are involved.

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Massoud Accuses Govt of Ethnic Polarization, Power Monopoly

Ahmad Wali Massoud, chairman of National Agenda Process on Monday accused Afghanistan’s National Unity Government (NUG) of deliberate attempts to sow the seeds of division among the ethnic groups, of dictatorship and of monopolizing political power.

He warned such moves by the government could lead to the collapse of the present political system.

He also recommended a plan known as “National Consensus” to government and the political parties in the country to overcome the ongoing issues currently facing Afghans.

“Unfortunately, we see in the politics of this country that they deliberately break the principle of the national unity by ethnic polarization. We also see indications that there are signs of repression and dictatorship,” said Massoud.

Meanwhile CEO Abdullah Abdullah has stressed the need for the systematic reforms to be put in place in the government institutions.

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