International donors on January 9 committed over $10 billion to help Pakistan recover from ruinous floods last year, exceeding its external financing goals...
Pakistan must continue to treat Afghanistan as a policy priority, despite its internal issues. It must also convince the international community of its commitment to peace in Afghanistan and continue to fight for humanitarian assistance to be given to Afghanistan.
Payenda, 40, resigned as finance minister a week before the Taliban seized Kabul, when then-President Ashraf Ghani, who fled the country and lives in the United Arab Emirates now, lashed out at him in a public meeting and then privately upbraided him over his ministry’s failure to make a relatively small payment to a Lebanese company.
President Biden can change the course of history by amending his executive order so as to keep Afghanistan's assets untouched, faciliate infusion of cash into its economy and continue with the good policy of sending humanitarian aid to one of the wold's poorest counntries.
Will the West sanction Afghanistan even if the Taliban and other stakeholders manage to cobble together a mutually inclusive and acceptable government comprising representatives of women and all ethnic groups from across Afghanistan?