Taliban to resume issuing passports to Afghan citizens

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Ministry spokesman Qari Saeed Khosti said it would provide applicants with documents physically identical to those issued by the previous government, which issued passports in the name of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.

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The issuance of passports has been stopped since the Taliban captured Kabul nearly two months ago.

Khosti said all women employees of the Passport Department have been asked to return to work. Other ministries have asked women employees to stay at home while new work arrangements have been put in place.

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Reuters quoted Alam Gul Haqqani, the acting head of the Passport Office, as saying it would issue 5,000 to 6,000 passports a day – and that female staff would be employed to handle the processing of documents for female citizens.

In mid-August, the Taliban recaptured the Afghan capital, Kabul, and thousands gathered at the city’s airport to try to exit the country.

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Afghanistan’s new rulers allowed the United States and its allies to move their citizens as well as some Afghans with immigrant visas out of the country in a massive and chaotic evacuation effort.

On 24 August, however, the Taliban said that Afghans were no longer allowed into the airport.

Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid told a news conference: “The road leading to the airport is blocked. Afghans cannot take that road to the airport, but foreign nationals can take that road to the airport.” allowed to leave.”

“We are no longer allowing Afghans to be evacuated and we are not happy about it either,” he said.

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“Afghanistan doctors and academics “should not leave this country, they should work in their specialist areas,” Mujahid said.

The “majority” of Afghans who worked for the US during the two-decade military campaign were left behind in the prospect of being expelled from Afghanistan, A senior State Department official said on 1 September.

The resumption of flights by commercial airlines offered some hope for many Afghans still desperate to leave the country.

On 9 September, a Qatar Airways Boeing 777 departed Kabul Airport for Doha, becoming the first international passenger flight to depart the country since the Taliban came to power, followed by another Qatar Airways aircraft the following day. . both flights were done foreign nationals scores.
a Pakistan International Airlines The flight on September 13 was the first to land in Afghanistan from neighboring Pakistan since the final withdrawal of US troops.

In addition, more than 100 US citizens and green card holders as well as nine special immigrant visa holders were deported from Afghanistan via a private charter flight on 28 September.

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