The new administration in Afghanistan, led by the Taliban, has decided to start issuing passports to its citizens starting Tuesday, according to news agency. Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid took to Twitter to inform about the decision related to the issuance of passports.
The issuance of passports and national identity cards were put on halt after the Taliban took control of Kabul on August 15. It hampered the plans of many Afghan citizens to flee the war-torn country in the wake of the return of Sunni Pashtun militants to power after two decades.
The process of issuing passports had slowed even before the Taliban’s return since the conflict between the Afghan defence forces and the insurgents disrupted most of the government services.
Mujahid tweeted: “Council of ministers of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in its meeting on Monday instructed the Ministry of Interior to resume the issuance of passport and Tazkira or national ID card,” According to an official, the applicants will be provided with documents physically identical to those issued by the previous government.