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Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Prominent Afghan doctor kidnapped and killed in Northern City

KABUL, Afghanistan. On Saturday, the family reported that a prominent doctor had been kidnapped and killed in northern Afghanistan.

Mohamed Nader Alemi was abducted two months ago in the city of Mazar-i-Sharif and his captors demanded a ransom for his release, his son Rohin Alemi said. The family ended up paying them $ 350,000 after they agreed to more than halve their original claim, he said.

Despite the payment, the kidnappers killed Alemi, leaving his body on the street, his son said. They called the family and told them where to find him on Friday, he said.

“My father was brutally tortured, there are traces of damage on his body,” said Rohin Alemi.

Alemi, a psychiatrist, worked at the provincial government hospital in Mazar-i-Sharif. He also owned a private clinic, which is said to be the first private psychiatric clinic in the city.

Taliban Interior Ministry spokesman Said Khosti said Taliban forces arrested eight kidnapping suspects who were behind the abductions of three people, including Alemi, in Balkh province, where Mazar-i-Sharif is located. He said that two of the abducted were saved, but Alemi was killed before they were saved. The police were looking for two accomplices of the eight arrested men who allegedly killed the doctor.

“The Islamic Emirate is determined to find and punish the criminals,” he said, using the name Taliban for Afghanistan.

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Meanwhile, the Taliban-run ministry of finance has announced that all civil servants will be paid three months’ salaries, which have not been paid since the Taliban seized power. Lack of pay for civil servants has been one of the factors contributing to the rise in poverty in Afghanistan amid a crumbling economy.

US Special Representative for Afghanistan Thomas West responded to an open letter sent earlier this week by the Taliban Foreign Secretary to the US Congress. In a letter, Amir Khan Muttaki said US sanctions against the Taliban were fueling the economic crisis and called on Congress to free up billions of Afghan assets.

West said in a series of tweets that the Taliban had been warned that non-humanitarian aid to Afghanistan would end if insurgents seized power by military means rather than a negotiated settlement.

Legitimacy “must be earned” through inclusive government and respect for the rights of women and minorities, “including equal access to education and employment,” he said. West added that the United States is providing $ 474 million in humanitarian aid to Afghanistan through UN agencies.

Abdul Kahar Afghan and Tamim Akhgar

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