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Taliban release first budget since Afghan takeover


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KABUL: The Taliban said Thursday they have approved their first budget for Afghanistan since Taliban returned to power in August, with no mention of foreign aid.

International assistance represented 40 percent of Afghanistan's GDP and made up 80 percent of its budget when the former US-backed government was in control.

When it crumbled in August and the Taliban took command, Western powers froze billions of dollars in aid and assets in what the United Nations described as an "unprecedented fiscal shock".

"For the first time in the last two decades, we made a budget that is not dependent on foreign aid and that is a very big achievement for us," said Taliban finance ministry spokesman Ahmad Wali Haqmal.

The budget of 53.9 billion afghanis ($508 million) approved on Wednesday will cover the first quarter of 2022 and is almost entirely dedicated to funding government institutions.

Haqmal said state workers, many of whom have not been paid for months, will start receiving salaries by the end of January.
Women staff, who have mostly been blocked from returning to their jobs, will also be paid.

"We count them like they have come back to work. We have not fired them," Haqmal said.

Around 4.7 billion afghanis will be spent on development projects including transport infrastructure.

"It's a small amount but that's what we can do now," Haqmal said.

The Taliban exchequer is funded by "our own resources" including tax, trade and mining revenue, he added.

Taliban are set to announce their first annual budget in March, shifting the fiscal year to match Afghanistan's solar calendar.

Since they took power Western nations have grappled with the task of channelling aid to the nation without financing its new rulers.

Meanwhile millions are facing hunger this winter as a cash, fuel and food crisis grips the impoverished country.
 

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Bismillah. This is a humble beginning but things will hopefully get better with time.

We need investments from China and Pakistan. The railway under construction which will link Pakistan to Central Asia will be a great source of revenue.
 

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Good, you may struggle in the beginning
But this is a good start
For Afghanistan and it's people

Lol....like your tone of preaching to Afghanistan....

So is the "struggle in the beginning" over for Pakistan yet?.. it's 75 Years now.....

These illiterate terrorists of medieval mindset can't bring prosperity to Afghanistan.....Till you modernise your thinking and approach for governance...world will not be with you.....
 

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Lol....like your tone of preaching to Afghanistan....

So is the "struggle in the beginning" over for Pakistan yet?.. it's 75 Years now.....

These illiterate terrorists of medieval mindset can't bring prosperity to Afghanistan.....Till you modernise your thinking and approach for governance...world will not be with you.....
It seems your level of butthurt is going through the roof
Have some burnol buddy, it'll ease the pain
 

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It seems your level of butthurt is going through the roof
Have some burnol buddy, it'll ease the pain

Nothing substantial to say except for black humour dude?.....

Butt hurt with Taliban mullahs releasing budget of some 500 Million? from hard earned money from Opium.....No mate, am' not.

But I liked your tone of preaching, nevertheless
 

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Nothing substantial to say except for black humour dude?.....

Butt hurt with Taliban mullahs releasing budget of some 500 Million? from hard earned money from Opium.....No mate, am' not.

But I liked your tone of preaching, nevertheless
You're an idiot man, I was clearly pointing towards a budget without foreign aid
Meaning it's a good start to try to become more self sufficient and you may struggle in the begining but this is a good start for any independent country, a fresh start

But you started chimping out for no reason, calling it preaching for some odd reason?
So I have zero interest in engaging with people who are literally dying to chimp out over anything and everything
 

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You're an idiot man, I was clearly pointing towards a budget without foreign aid
Meaning it's a good start to try to become more self sufficient and you may struggle in the begining but this is a good start for any independent country, a fresh start

But you started chimping out for no reason, calling it preaching for some odd reason?
So I have zero interest in engaging with people who are literally dying to chimp out over anything and everything
Why you are engaging then...just buzz off.

Why this fresh start pep-up talk when Mullahs has come to the fore?...Because Islamist mindset suits you?...Wasn't there a democratic government before in Afghanistan who already had a 'good start.... wasn't Afghanistan much prosperous in 1970s when you start fiddling into it's affairs and made it a Jihadi battleground....

As I said... you cannot prosper in isolation, especially in today's world.....How many have supported Taliban's Government so far?....Why even you haven't done so?...after all that marketing that you PM did in the world to get them some money......at least you would have recognised them.
 

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And previous "modern" gov't, approved and propped by the whole of west, did wonders for the Afghan people and the country's economy. The biggest source of revenue was foreign aid.
 

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