Taliban say non-recognition
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KABUL (Afghanistan): The Taliban have said that not recognizing their new government in Afghanistan is benefiting Islamic State Khorasan (ISIS-K). However, the outfit dismissed concerns that the terrorist group was a threat to Afghanistan.

This comes after ISIS-K claimed responsibility for Friday’s Shia mosque explosion in Kandahar in which 47 people were killed and 70 others suffered injuries. The attack follows several other recent attacks against religious institutions in Afghanistan, including last week’s attack against the Gozar-e-Sayed Abad Mosque in Kunduz.

Graves being prepared for the burial of victims of Shiite mosque in Kandahar.
(Picture courtesy AP)

While talking to Anadolu Agency, Afghanistan’s acting foreign minister Amir Khan Muttaqi said the official recognition of his government and international aid held great importance to the recovery of the country’s economy.

The Taliban minister also said the freezing of Afghan foreign reserves by the US violated international law and human rights, Ariana News reported. “The real question is, why was this money blocked? What did the citizens of Afghanistan do?” he asked.

“On the other hand, the US and other countries say that humanitarian aid should be given to Afghanistan and human rights should be respected. But, they leave the Afghan people with a population of about 40 million without basic necessities.”

He further added that not “recognizing the new government in Afghanistan benefits Daesh (ISIS-K).”

Afghanistan’s acting foreign minister Amir Khan Muttaqi

After Friday’s blast, the Taliban had vowed to deploy more forces to protect Shi’ite mosques. Abdul Ghafar Muhammadi, the commander of police in Kandahar province has said that his forces will be working alongside the local volunteers to ensure the security of the mosques.

Meanwhile, ISIS in a statement, said that Shi’ite Muslims are perilous and they will be targeted by them everywhere. Al-Naba, the group’s weekly has published the warning, saying that the Shia Muslims will be targeted in their homes and centres. The statement has especially threatened Shia Muslims living in Afghanistan.

From Baghdad to Khorasan, Shi’ite Muslims will be targeted everywhere, ISIS said.

According to Khaama Press, ISIS Khorasan now remains the biggest threat to the peace in Afghanistan after the Taliban took control of the country.

Mass funeral held for Kandahar victims

A mass funeral ceremony has been held for the victims killed in Friday’s suicide bomb attack at a Shiite mosque in southern Afghanistan.

At least 47 people have been killed and 70 other suffered injuries in an explosion inside a Shia mosque in Kandahar on Friday. The attack also follows several other recent attacks against religious institutions in Afghanistan, including last week’s attack against the Gozar-e-Sayed Abad Mosque in Kunduz.

On Saturday, relatives laid the bodies of the victims to rest and called on the Taliban to protect them, Al Jazeera reported. Islamic State Khorasan (ISIS-K) on Saturday confirmed that the Kandahar mosque blasts were carried by them. In its Telegram channel, ISIS-K said that the attack and twin blasts were carried out by them, reported Khaama Press. 

One ‘janaza’ (dead body) of the victim of Shiite mosque in Kandahar is being brought to graveyard for burial.

The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) had strongly condemned the ‘horrendous terrorist attack’ against the Imam Bargah-e-Fatima Mosque in Afghanistan’s Kandahar province and underlined the need to bring perpetrators of the attack to justice.

In a statement issued by the UNSC, the members of the Security Council expressed their deepest sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims, and they wished a speedy and full recovery to those who were injured.

The members of the Security Council reaffirmed that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations constitutes one of the most serious threats to international peace and security.

Imam Bargah-e-Fatima Mosque in Kandahar which was bombed on Friday killing about 47 people, injured score.

“The members of the Security Council underlined the need to hold perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors of these reprehensible acts of terrorism accountable and bring them to justice,” the statement said. They urged all States, in accordance with their obligations under international law and relevant Security Council resolutions, to cooperate actively with all relevant authorities in this regard.

The members of the Security Council reiterated that any acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of their motivation, wherever, whenever and by whomsoever committed, the statement said. (ANI)