Taliban to start out paying overdue salaries of Afghan authorities employees

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Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid (L) and Intelligence Service spokesman, Khalil Hamraz participate in a press conference at the government media and information center in Kabul, on November 10, 2021. — AFP/File
Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid (L) and Intelligence Service spokesman, Khalil Hamraz take part in a press convention on the authorities media and data heart in Kabul, on November 10, 2021. — AFP/File
  • 1000’s of Afghan authorities employees are owed no less than three months of wage.
  • It’s not instantly clear the place the funds to pay the salaries would come from.
  • The cost of pensions of retired employees would additionally resume quickly, official says.

KABUL: Afghanistan’s Taliban administration will start paying the overdue salaries of presidency employees from Saturday, officers mentioned.

1000’s of Afghan authorities employees are owed no less than three months of wage, one of many many crises confronted by the Taliban for the reason that motion took over the nation in August.

“The finance ministry says that beginning in the present day, the previous three months salaries of all authorities employees and workers will probably be paid completely,” Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid mentioned on Twitter.

It was not instantly clear the place the funds to pay the salaries would come from.

Even earlier than the Taliban seized management final in August, many public sector employees mentioned they’d not been paid for weeks. After the motion took energy, billions of {dollars} of Afghan authorities funds parked overseas in the US and Europe have been frozen.

International governments have been unwilling to fund the Taliban-led administration straight to assist with monetary commitments resembling cost of employees. International monetary establishments have additionally halted funding.

After a gathering on Thursday between the particular envoys of Germany and the Netherlands and Taliban officers in Kabul, the envoys expressed willingness to discover paying well being and training sector employees straight by means of worldwide organisations.

It’s unclear if the Taliban’s announcement on Saturday is said to this.

One other Taliban spokesman, Inamullah Samangani, mentioned on Twitter on Saturday that the each day income collections of the Taliban administration had been growing each day.

“The finance ministry says that within the final 78 working days of the final three months, now we have generated earnings of about 26.915 billion Afghanis ($288 million),” he mentioned.

“We collected 557 million Afghanis ($5.9 million) in income on Wednesday alone,” Samangani mentioned, quoting the finance ministry, including the cost of pensions of retired employees would additionally resume quickly.