KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Demonstrators in Afghanistan’s capital on Saturday condemned President Joe Biden’s order freeing up $3.5 billion in Afghan belongings held within the U.S. for households of America’s 9/11 victims — saying the cash belongs to Afghans.

Protesters who gathered outdoors Kabul’s grand Eid Gah mosque requested America for monetary compensation for the tens of 1000’s of Afghans killed over the past 20 years of struggle in Afghanistan.

Biden’s order, signed Friday, allocates one other $3.5 billion in Afghan belongings for humanitarian assist to a belief fund to be managed by the U.N. to supply assist to Afghans. The nation’s economic system is teetering getting ready to collapse after worldwide cash stopped coming into Afghanistan with the arrival in mid-August of the Taliban.

Afghanistan’s Central Financial institution referred to as on Biden to reverse his order and launch the funds to it, saying in a press release Saturday that they belonged to the folks of Afghanistan and never a authorities, get together or group.

Torek Farhadi, a monetary adviser to Afghanistan’s former U.S.-backed authorities, questioned the U.N. managing Afghan Central Financial institution reserves. He stated these funds usually are not meant for humanitarian assist however “to again up the nation’s foreign money, assist in financial coverage and handle the nation’s steadiness of cost.”

He additionally questioned the legality of Biden’s order.

“These reserves belong to the folks of Afghanistan, not the Taliban … Biden’s determination is one-sided and doesn’t match with worldwide regulation,” stated Farhadi. “No different nation on Earth makes such confiscation selections about one other nation’s reserves.”

White Home officers stated there isn’t any easy option to make all of the frozen belongings obtainable rapidly to the Afghan folks.

Sept. 11 victims and their households have authorized claims in opposition to the Taliban and the $7 billion within the U.S. banking system. Courts must log out earlier than the discharge of humanitarian help cash and determine whether or not to faucet the frozen funds for paying out these claims.

In all, Afghanistan has about $9 billion in belongings abroad, together with the $7 billion in the USA. The remainder is usually in Germany, the United Arab Emirates and Switzerland.

“What about our Afghan individuals who gave many sacrifices and 1000’s of losses of lives?” requested the demonstration’s organizer, Abdul Rahman, a civil society activist.

Rahman stated he deliberate to prepare extra demonstrations throughout the capital to protest Biden’s order. “This cash belongs to the folks of Afghanistan, to not the USA. That is the suitable of Afghans,” he stated.

Misspelled placards in English accused the USA of being merciless and of stealing the cash of Afghans.

Taliban political spokesman Mohammad Naeem accused the Biden administration in a tweet late Friday of displaying “the bottom stage of humanity … of a rustic and a nation.”

Biden’s Friday order generated a social media storm with Twitter saying #USA_stole_money_from_afghan was trending amongst Afghans. Tweets repeatedly identified that the 9/11 hijackers have been Saudi nationals, not Afghans.

Obaidullah Baheer, a lecturer on the American College in Afghanistan and a social activist, tweeted: “Let’s remind the world that #AfghansDidntCommit911 and that #BidenStealingAfgMoney!”

Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden was dropped at Afghanistan by Afghan warlords after being expelled from Sudan in 1996. Those self same warlords would later ally with the U.S.-led coalition to oust the Taliban in 2001. Nevertheless, it was Taliban chief Mullah Mohammad Omar who refused handy over bin Laden to the U.S. after the devastating 9/11 assaults that killed 1000’s.

Nonetheless, some analysts took to Twitter to query Biden’s order.

Michael Kugelman, deputy director of the Asia Program on the U.S.-based Wilson Middle, referred to as Biden’s order to divert $3.5 billion away from Afghanistan “heartless.”

“It’s nice that $3.5B in new humanitarian assist for Afghanistan has been freed up. However to take one other $3.5B that belongs to the Afghan folks, and divert it elsewhere–that’s misguided and fairly frankly heartless,” he tweeted.

Kugelman additionally stated the opposition to Biden’s order crossed Afghanistan’s vast political divide.

“I can’t keep in mind the final time so many individuals of such vastly completely different worldviews have been so united over a US coverage determination on Afghanistan,” he tweeted.