Taliban resume passport issuance in Kabul to facilitate exit from Afghanistan

This Saturday, the Taliban announced the resumption of issuing passports in the capital, Kabul, in order to facilitate exit from the country, at a time when a large part of the population has been affected by possible reprisals by the movement or in the shadow of the violence of the jihadist organization Islamic State.

“The process will continue normally from tomorrow (Sunday),” said General Director of the Passport Department, Alam Gul Haqqani, this Saturday at a press conference gathered by Hasht e Subh.

Passport issuance in Kabul ceased about a month ago and the ministry had announced that it would cease operations for some time due to technical problems.

Taliban resume passport issuance in Kabul to facilitate exit from Afghanistan
Taliban resume passport issuance in Kabul to facilitate exit from Afghanistan

“All technical problems have been resolved, the biometric devices have been repaired,” said Haqqani, adding that the passports would first be given to those who had already submitted an application.

The Taliban are calling for funds to be released to revive the economy and fight famine looming over the winter, while in Kabul many people have to sell their products to eat.

International flights, mainly to Dubai and Abu Dhabi, resumed in September at the Afghan capital’s airport, which was besieged in late August by thousands of Afghans who wanted to leave the country after the movement returned.

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