Police in parts of volatile southern Afghanistan have not been paid for months, officials say, undermining morale at a time when Taliban militants traditionally increase attacks on security forces.
Medical facilities in Afghanistan endured more than 240 attacks by armed groups in 2015 and 2016, resulting in extensive damage to equipment and buildings, deaths of staff members and patients and a worsening situation for the health of the country's children.
The Torkham and Spinboldak crossing points reopened for Afghans on Tuesday after the announcement made by the Pakistani government.
While Abdul Razaq Wahidi, the Minister of Communication and Information Technology (MoCIT), was suspended by virtue of his involvement in embezzlement of money collected from the 10% tax levied on mobile top-up cards, taking bribes in contracts, and ethnicity-based favoritism in appointments, the National Unity Government (NUG) has not yet released details of the corruption case which, according to people remains a question mark.
President Ashraf Ghani has blamed the Taliban for the necessary presence of foreign troops in Afghanistan as well as the existence of 20 other “terrorist groups” in the country.
Pakistani forces have handed over 262 more Afghan nationals, including patients, to authorities at the Torkham crossing point, an official said on Monday.
National Security Advisor Mohammad Hanif Atmar said on Monday terrorist groups based in Pakistan threatened Afghanistan and other countries of the region.
Addressing a security conference in New Delhi, the advisor said: “We must always remember that we do not have any friend among terrorist groups.”
At least 200 Daesh militants were killed and 60 others were wounded in a one-month military operation carried out by Afghan security forces in Nangarhar province, the 201 Selab Military Corps said in a statement on Monday.