The First Deputy of the Prime Minister, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, called on foreign nations to provide humanitarian assistance to Afghans without consideration of the country's political issues.
In a video message broadcast by RTA, a state media outlet, Mullah Baradar called the Afghan situation “critical."
“On the one side, there are the oppressive sanctions, and on the other side there is no infrastructure in Afghanistan from the past 20 years to facilitate job opportunities for citizens,” he said.
According to Mullah Baradar, citizens across the country are in grave need of cash, shelter, and food.
“In the current situation, the Afghans are in need of the immediate humanitarian assistance of the world,” he said.
However, Mullah Baradar said the Islamic Emirate is fully prepared to tackle the emergency situation and that the ministries and government departments have been instructed to help the citizens. This comes as many areas were damaged due to avalanches and floods flowed as a result of heavy precipitation across Afghanistan.
“Due to heavy rainfall, in some provinces the people suffered financial losses. The bridges are damaged. But they were provided with immediate aid,” said Hafiz Mohammad Yaqob, an official at the Ministry of Public Works.
“If the foreign countries stick to their conditions on the Islamic Emirate and cease assistance to Afghanistan, we will soon witness a large human catastrophe,” said Abdul Naseer Rishtia, a political analyst.
Humanitarian organizations have repeatedly warned of a severe crisis amid the cold winter in Afghanistan.
The UN earlier said that it has collected $1.5 billion to tackle the Afghan crisis.