MADRID, Dec. 18 (.) –
The Taliban announced this Saturday the resumption of the issuance of passports in the country’s capital, Kabul, to facilitate departures from the country, at a time when a large part of the population feels threatened by possible reprisals by the movement or by the shadow of the violence of the jihadist organization Islamic State.
“The process will continue normally from tomorrow (Sunday),” said the director general of the Passport Department, Alam Gul Haqqani, at a press conference this Saturday, collected by Hasht e Subh.
Passport distribution in Kabul stopped about a month ago and the department had announced that it had suspended operations for some time due to technical problems.
“All the technical problems are solved, the biometric devices are repaired,” Haqqani said, before adding that the passports would initially be given to those who have already submitted an application.
The Taliban are calling for the release of funds to reactivate the economy and fight the famine that looms in 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 airport in the Afghan capital, besieged at the end of August by thousands of Afghans who wanted to leave the country after the movement’s return to power.