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Taliban begins payment of salaries to govt’s workers

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Afghanistan’s Taliban authorities on Saturday announced that they would begin paying government employees who had not received a paycheck since the Islamists seized power and triggered a major financial crisis.

Scores of Afghan government workers are owed at least three months of salary while some are yet to return to work especially rural workers since the Taliban captured power.

“We are going to start paying salaries from today. We will pay three months’ salaries,” Ahmad Wali Haqmal, spokesman for the finance ministry said at a press conference.

He noted that salaries will be paid for the period starting August 23, adding that some government employees will be paid even for the month before the Taliban took power.

The payment will be made through the country’s banking system which Haqmal said had not been “paralysed” since the fall of the previous government. Continue Reading

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