July 7, 2022

Pitani calls for reversal of $ 3.5B freeze on Afghan Karzai 9/11 victims

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Hamid KarzaiFormer President AfghanistanOn Sunday, President Biden demanded the withdrawal of his decision to freeze $ 3.5 billion in Acon assets in the United States for the families of 9/11 victims.

Karzai, who served as the country’s president for 13 years after the first Taliban were ousted after the 9/11 attacks, told reporters in Kabul that the people of Afghanistan were also victims of terrorism.

President Biden speaks during an event on February 10, 2022 at the German Community College in Calpe. Virginia. (Photo by Vin McNami / Getty Images)
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Biden’s order is aimed at a total of $ 7 billion in Afghan assets and requires $ 3.5 billion of the frozen amount to be disbursed by banks to humanitarian groups for Afghan relief and basic needs. The other $ 3.5 billion will depend on the United States to pay for cases of victims of terrorism.

Former President of Afghanistan Hamid Karzai speaks at a meeting with members of the Valdai Discussion Club on October 19, 2017 in Sochi, Russia.  (Photo by Michael Svetlov / Getty Images)

Former President of Afghanistan Hamid Karzai speaks at a meeting with members of the Valdai Discussion Club on October 19, 2017 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Michael Svetlov / Getty Images)

“No one is punishing the victim,” Karzai said, according to Afghanistan Dolo News. Karzai said the funds should not be given to the Taliban’s Islamic emirate, but should be protected for future generations of Afghans.

Children of Afghanistan are seen with their mothers on January 16, 2022 in Kabul, Afghanistan.  In Afghanistan, children cannot stand on their feet despite their age;  The reason is hunger.  (Photo by Syed Kothaiberti Sadat / Anatolia Agency via Getty Images)

Children of Afghanistan are seen with their mothers on January 16, 2022 in Kabul, Afghanistan. In Afghanistan, children cannot stand on their feet despite their age; The reason is hunger. (Photo by Syed Kothaiberti Sadat / Anatolia Agency via Getty Images)
(Syed Kothaiberti Sadat / Anatolia Agency via Getty Images)

“This order is designed to reach out to the people of Afghanistan, out of the hands of the Taliban and malicious actors,” the White House said in a statement. The United States does not recognize the Taliban government.

The Biden administration has pushed back all criticisms that all $ 7 billion – mostly from donations to the United States and other countries to Afghanistan – should be released to Afghanistan, arguing that 9/11 claimants have the right to live their lives under the US legal system. Court.

The Afghans faced one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world after the catastrophic US retreat last summer. The United Nations Development Program estimates that one million children under the age of five will die of starvation by the end of this year, according to UNICEF, according to ABC News. Report.

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Protesters gathered outside Kabul’s Grand Eid Mosque on Saturday, demanding that the United States provide financial compensation for the tens of thousands of Afghans killed during the last 20 years of war in Afghanistan.

The Associated Press contributed to this report