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Abdullah to international community: Combat terrorist financing, stop civilian casualties

AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: Afghanistan’s Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah has urged the international community to restrain the financing streams of terrorist groups and help Afghanistan in reducing civilian casualties in the ongoing war.

According to the annual report of United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) published last week more than 10,000 Afghans civilians suffered casualties last year.

A total of 10,453 civilian casualties — 3,438 people killed and 7,015 injured – have been reported in the 2017 Annual Report released by the UNAMA.

A statement issued from the CEO office said Dr. Abdullah on Monday chaired a meeting on assessing the measures taken by the security forces to prevent civilian casualties.

During the meeting the CEO emphasized on the security of civilians and urged the warrior parties to save civilians.

Expressing his concerns over the number of civilian casualties, CEO said complete implementation of laws, practices, punishments and public awareness among the common masses could help us to minimize the civilian casualties.

“International pressure on supporters of “terrorist groups” was necessary,” CEO said.

Taking preventive measures, the CEO directed security organs to create a joint secretariat to promote programs and evaluate findings on the emotive issues.

The Chief of National Directorate of Security, Mohammad Masoom Stanikzai said NDS was implementing policies to reduce civilian casualties.

“International community must pressurize supporters of terrorist groups,” Stanikzai said.

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