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Taliban announces to pay pending salaries to government servants

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KABUL (SW) – Ministry of Finance on Saturday announced that the pending salaries from the past three months would be paid to the government servants in one go.

Ahmad Wali Haqmal, the spokesman for the finance ministry, told a news conference in Kabul that the revenue collection was gaining momentum with each passing day. Without sharing much details, he marked customs and other taxes as the main contributors.

The Taliban official added a regular mechanism would be put in place to pay all government civil servants the non-paid salaries of the past three months in one go. Haqmal added that the pending pensions would also be paid to all the pensioners.

Charging the previous government of corruption, the Taliban official said over 60,000 pensioners have not been paid their dues for a year.

Officials at the Ministry of Finance say that after this process, the distribution of the monthly salaries of government employees will begin as usual.

Concerns about non-payment of monthly salaries for government employees have risen since the Islamic Emirate took control of the capital, which was followed by UNICEF promising to pay  the salaries of health workers and teaching staff.

Afghanistan’s over $9 billion worth of foreign assets have been frozen by the US after the Taliban regained power in the country in August following the complete withdrawal of foreign forces from the country.

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