Taliban surrendered – Daily Times
The world knew what was to come. It was time for the Taliban empire to fall on their heads as the trio’s blessings – no politics, no manifesto and no plan – began to show their true colors. What were they thinking? They probably would not have thought once before taking over the country in August that this time around they would not be treated as well as they have been in the past when they had the support of ‘non-state actors. They tried to behave like the same stubborn kid who wanted an expensive bar of chocolate when his parents struggled to put food on the table.
The point is, the Taliban have surrendered, technically. With 90 percent of Afghan households having only one meal, the damage is beyond imagination. They are not going anywhere with the kind of circumstances they are facing right now and without the help of the international community, the Taliban, who bombed the statues in March 2001 on the orders of leader Mullah Mohammed Omar, have suddenly calmed down. and tame. Right now, at their oppressed airports, they welcome international donors and NGOs with open arms and want to restart all technological, economic and financial systems of which they have no idea.
The writing is on the wall, they have no choice. The straits are disastrous and the looming consequences are appalling. Millions of Afghan children are on the verge of famine as they are ravaged by hunger. As true as it may sound, since the Taliban seized power following a US withdrawal in August, more than half of the country faces “acute” food shortages, a whopping 22.8 million. ! The economic free fall of the war-torn state paints a classic example of the consequences of what happens after the war ends, an “eternal war” to be precise.
Millions of Afghan children are on the verge of famine as they are ravaged by hunger.
Less than five months after the Taliban took power, all hell broke loose. Major global agencies have constantly sounded the alarm bells about the countdown to the disaster in Afghanistan, pointing out that more than half of the country faces severe food shortages. The United Nations World Food Program says people are at immediate risk of facing life-threatening food insecurity this winter. This sighting of snow could serve as an opening to happy diversions at any other time, but it has a different connotation here: hunger, health crises and death!
By the way, hunger is not the only problem. Miseries have doubled as health problems loom proportionally and medical emergencies are not made easier. Medical staff mainly recruited and funded by foreign NGOs are increasingly unable to continue working without long-owed wages. There are fewer drugs available in stores and surgical instruments are not available in most medical facilities. Perhaps this is the last straw for most Afghans, as they have been literally caught between the devil and the deep sea. Now, many of us could conveniently recount those moments of young men chasing an American plane down the runway to catch up.
Afghan children are starving. The dilapidated health system, the economic collapse of the aid-dependent economy, the pandemic, food insecurity exacerbated by famine and harsh winters combine to stage a full-fledged episode to kill more people. ‘Afghans by hunger than by bullets.
Foreign aid has completely evaporated and the sanctions imposed on Afghanistan’s financial infrastructure by the rest of the world are wreaking havoc on the economy. This aid represented about three-quarters of the government’s budget before and now its absence means financial carnage; tens of thousands of oppressed families sold their herds and fled, seeking refuge and assistance in crowded temporary camps near major cities. The Afghan currency fell to the bottom of the ranks, after which edibles were made out of reach. Intensifying misery, one of the harshest droughts in decades has withered fields, starved farm animals and dried up irrigation canals.
World Food Program Executive Director David Beasley warned, “We are now witnessing the worst humanitarian crisis on Earth as 23 million people march towards famine and the next six months are going to be catastrophic. It’s gonna be hell on Earth. Meanwhile, UN Special Representative in Afghanistan Deborah Lyons sounded the alarm by declaring that Afghanistan is on the brink of a humanitarian catastrophe while urging the international community to find ways to provide financial support for the Afghan people. Ironically, many human rights defenders seem oblivious to the looming tragedies.
Prestigious international prints have declared the crises to be unprecedented. According to “The Guardian”: “The West must not stand idly by and let a million children starve to death this winter. The “New York Times” wrote: “Another million Afghan children could die at the most perilous hour,” warns the UN. The international community has pledged more than $ 1 billion in emergency aid as millions of Afghans face food shortages as winter sets in. The Economist said: “The Afghan economy is collapsing. More than half of its inhabitants could go hungry this winter.
Ironically, as war-ravaged Afghanistan rushes for aid and is on the verge of falling into the hands of a currency collapse, world leaders are banking on looking at the situation from a political perspective and strategic rather than philanthropic and human perspective, which is why Mary-Ellen McGroarty, World Food Program Country Head for Afghanistan, said: “The millions of women, children and men in the current crisis in Afghanistan are innocent people who are doomed to a winter of utter despair and potentially death.
As the worsening humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan sets the scene for the most precarious hour for all of humanity and the prospect of a freezing winter gives rise to fantasies of massive famine and migration, Pakistan has had the honor of hosting the summit of foreign ministers of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation. (OIC) to address the looming humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan. He welcomed the initiative of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia – the summit chairman of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) – in establishing the extraordinary convention. It should be mentioned that this OIC-led global debate on Afghanistan is the largest international gathering on Afghanistan since the fall of Kabul to the Taliban.
Despite the fact that I myself am quite annoyed to see the juggernauts of inflation, chaos and anarchy crush the poor, I think there are credits that I cannot withdraw from the contemporary government. Prime Minister Imran Khan periodically reminded the international community of its moral obligation to the Afghan people while reiterating Pakistan’s enduring commitment to the Afghans. During his reign, Islamabad tirelessly advocated stability in Afghanistan. The international relations that Pakistan has tried to establish in recent years have certainly yielded favorable results. From the Pakistani Foreign Minister’s visits to four neighboring countries of Afghanistan (Iran, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Turkmenistan) to the creation of the platform of six neighboring countries at the initiative of Pakistan; from attending Moscow-style meetings to impactful performance on major UN platforms, the current government is earning credit for its intense diplomatic outreach. At present, Pakistan relies on the full support of the OIC Member States and the international community to provide all possible support to the Afghan people at this time of great need.
As always, the silver lining is still available, and the recent disaster is preventable, by all means. Its main driver is monetary assent over the Taliban who have neutralized the financial framework, influencing every part of the economy. Supporting the Afghan banking system would do the trick here. Quite the opposite will only add to the miseries while accumulating more individuals who do not repay their loans. The Taliban simply could not nip it in the bud and the results are appalling. If the plummeting economy is not strengthened, the recent tightening of monetary liquidity could cause the monetary framework to collapse in no time.
At present, Afghans feel abandoned, neglected and undoubtedly pushed back by conditions which are not their fault and to leave them alone would be a historical error. Pakistan, on the other hand, hopes that the continued engagement of the international community with Afghanistan is imperative and that the OIC can lead the way in helping the Afghans to brave these unprecedented dire circumstances.
The writer is based in Islamabad. He can be contacted at [email protected], FB / mbilal.16