Afghans Demonstrate Against Biden’s Decision to Unfreeze $3.5b For 9/11 Victims

Hundreds of Afghans in Kabul and some provinces, protested on Tuesday across Afghanistan against US President Joe Biden’s decision to carve out half the assets of Afghanistan’s central bank for 9/11 victims.

The protestors said that 9/11 attacks had nothing to do with the Afghan people, calling on Biden to stop enmity with the Afghan people.  

The protestors chanted slogans against the US government, demanding President Biden to return all the frozen money back to the Afghans.

The protestors said this money neither belongs to the US government nor the Afghan government, it is the money of the poor Afghan people. They called on Joe Biden to dissolve his decision as they are not responsible to compensate the victims of the 9/11 attacks.

Meanwhile, people in eastern Nangarhar, northern Kunduz and Maidan Wrdak provinces also took to the streets in protest against Biden’s decision.

President Biden on Friday ordered freeing up $3.5 billion in Afghan assets held in the US for families of America’s 9/11 victims and another $3.5 billion for humanitarian aid to a trust fund to be managed by the UN to provide aid to Afghans.

The de-facto Taliban regime in a statement called on Joe Biden to release the Afghan asset which has been frozen against all international norms by the US and it also contradicts Doha agreement signed by the Taliban and the US.

Former Afghan President, Hamid Karzai also condemned Biden’s decision to divert $3.5 billion in frozen Afghan assets, terming it an “atrocity” against the Afghan people.

Speaking in a press conference, Karzai branded the decision as “unjust and unfair” because Afghanistan had also suffered at the hands of al-Qaeda.

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