Afghans Protest US Order to Give $3.5 B to 9/11 Victims

By KATHY GANNON, Related Press

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Demonstrators in Afghanistan’s capital Saturday condemned President Joe Biden’s order liberating up $3.5 billion in Afghan property held within the U.S. for households of America’s 9/11 victims — saying the cash belongs to Afghans.

Protesters who gathered outdoors Kabul’s grand Eid Gah mosque requested America for monetary compensation for the tens of hundreds of Afghans killed over the past 20 years of struggle in Afghanistan.

Biden’s order, signed Friday, allocates one other $3.5 billion in Afghan property for humanitarian support to a belief fund to be managed by the U.N. to supply support to Afghans. The nation’s financial system is teetering getting ready to collapse after worldwide cash stopped coming into Afghanistan with the arrival in mid-August of the Taliban.

Torek Farhadi, a monetary adviser to Afghanistan’s former U.S.-backed authorities, questioned the U.N. managing Afghan Central Financial institution reserves. He stated these funds should not meant for humanitarian support however “to again up the nation’s forex, assist in financial coverage and handle the nation’s stability of cost.”

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He additionally questioned the legality of Biden’s order.

“These reserves belong to the folks of Afghanistan, not the Taliban … Biden’s choice is one-sided and doesn’t match with worldwide regulation,” stated Farhadi. “No different nation on Earth makes such confiscation choices about one other nation’s reserves.”

Afghanistan has about $9 billion in property abroad, together with the $7 billion in america. The remainder is usually in Germany, the United Arab Emirates and Switzerland.

“What about our Afghan individuals who gave many sacrifices and hundreds of losses of lives?” requested the demonstration’s organizer, Abdul Rahman, a civil society activist.

Rahman stated he deliberate to prepare extra demonstrations throughout the capital to protest Biden’s order. “This cash belongs to the folks of Afghanistan, to not america. That is the suitable of Afghans,” he stated.

Misspelled placards in English accused america of being merciless and of stealing the cash of Afghans.

Taliban political spokesman Mohammad Naeem accused the Biden administration in a tweet late Friday of exhibiting “the bottom stage of humanity … of a rustic and a nation.”

Biden’s Friday order generated a social media storm with Twitter saying #USA_stole_money_from_afghan was trending amongst Afghans. Tweets repeatedly identified that the 9/11 hijackers had been Saudi nationals, not Afghans.

Obaidullah Baheer, a lecturer on the American College in Afghanistan and a social activist, tweeted: “Let’s remind the world that #AfghansDidntCommit911 and that #BidenStealingAfgMoney!”

Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden was delivered to Afghanistan by Afghan warlords after being expelled from Sudan in 1996. Those self same warlords would later ally with the U.S.-led coalition to oust the Taliban in 2001. Nevertheless, it was Taliban chief Mullah Mohammad Omar who refused handy over bin Laden to the U.S. after the devastating 9/11 assaults that killed hundreds.

Nonetheless, some analysts took to Twitter to query Biden’s order.

Michael Kugelman, deputy director of the Asia Program on the U.S.-based Wilson Middle, known as Biden’s order to divert $3.5 billion away from Afghanistan “heartless.”

“It’s nice that $3.5B in new humanitarian support for Afghanistan has been freed up. However to take one other $3.5B that belongs to the Afghan folks, and divert it elsewhere–that is misguided and fairly frankly heartless,” he tweeted.

Kugelman additionally stated the opposition to Biden’s order crossed Afghanistan’s vast political divide.

“I can’t bear in mind the final time so many individuals of such vastly totally different worldviews had been so united over a US coverage choice on Afghanistan,” he tweeted.

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