Stampede kills 11 Afghans seeking visas to withdraw country

KABUL, Afghanistan — At least 11 girls were trampled to death after a stampede broke out Wednesday one of tens of thousands of Afghans waiting in a football stadium to acquire visas to leave the country, officials said.

Attaullah Khogyani, the spokesman for the Senate of the eastern Nangarhar province, stated the other 13 people, mostly girls, were injured in the arena, where they had been attempting to get visas to go into neighboring Pakistan. He explained a lot of those who died were older people from around Afghanistan.

This was the deadliest attack as the Taliban and the Afghan authorities started holding long-delayed peace talks a month, a part of a process established under a deal signed between the USA and the insurgents in February. The discussions are considered to be the nation’s best opportunity for peace after years of warfare.

Rahim Danish, director of the main hospital in northern Takhar province, supported getting 36 bodies and stated the following eight security forces were injured.

The officer, who wasn’t licensed to brief media on the event and spoke on condition of anonymity, said a few authorities Humvees were set ablaze.

Jawad Hijri, a spokesman for the provincial authorities, said the deputy police chief has been one of those killed.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid claimed responsibility for the assault.

He explained the Taliban still thinks in a “false story of conquest” after a spate of recent attacks, notably in Helmand province.

The Pakistani Consulate at Nangarhar was shut for nearly eight months on account of this coronavirus pandemic. Anticipating a massive audience, officials chose to use the scene and delegated 320 staffers to help handle the process, Khogyani explained.

The Pakistani Embassy in Kabul said it has issued over 19,000 visas from the past week after Islamabad accepted a more demanding visa coverage and also reopened the border in September subsequent months of closing.

Millions of Afghans have fled to Pakistan to escape war and economic hardship, while tens of thousands journey back and forth to work and company, or to obtain medical care.

Also on Wednesday, the U.S. government watchdog called SIGAR, which tracks the billions of bucks Washington spends in war-ravaged Afghanistan, published a new report.

It stated December 2019, Congress had appropriated almost $134 billion since 2002 for Afghanistan reconstruction. Of this sum, SIGAR has examined roughly $63 billion and concluded that approximately $19 billion, or 30 percent, has been lost to fraud, waste, and abuse.

Attaullah Khogyani, the spokesman for the Senate of the eastern Nangarhar province, stated the other 13 people, mostly girls, were injured in the arena, where they had been attempting to get visas to go into neighboring Pakistan. He explained a lot of those who died were older people from around Afghanistan.

This was the deadliest attack as the Taliban and the Afghan authorities started holding long-delayed peace talks a month, a part of a process established under a deal signed between the USA and the insurgents in February. The discussions are considered to be the nation’s best opportunity for peace after years of warfare.

Rahim Danish, director of the main hospital in northern Takhar province, supported getting 36 bodies and stated the following eight security forces were injured.

The officer, who wasn’t licensed to brief media on the event and spoke on condition of anonymity, said a few authorities Humvees were set ablaze.

Jawad Hijri, a spokesman for the provincial authorities, said the deputy police chief has been one of those killed.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid claimed responsibility for the assault.

He explained the Taliban still thinks in a “false story of conquest” after a spate of recent attacks, notably in Helmand province.

The Pakistani Consulate at Nangarhar was shut for nearly eight months on account of this coronavirus pandemic. Anticipating a massive audience, officials chose to use the scene and delegated 320 staffers to help handle the process, Khogyani explained.

The Pakistani Embassy in Kabul said it has issued over 19,000 visas from the past week after Islamabad accepted a more demanding visa coverage and also reopened the border in September subsequent months of closing.

Millions of Afghans have fled to Pakistan to escape war and economic hardship, while tens of thousands journey back and forth to work and company, or to obtain medical care.

Also on Wednesday, the U.S. government watchdog called SIGAR, which tracks the billions of bucks Washington spends in war-ravaged Afghanistan, published a new report.

It stated December 2019, Congress had appropriated almost $134 billion since 2002 for Afghanistan reconstruction. Of this sum, SIGAR has examined roughly $63 billion and concluded that approximately $19 billion, or 30 percent, has been lost to fraud, waste, and abuse.