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Afghanistan to start issuing passports again after months of delays By Reuters


© Reuters. Officials from Afghanistan Taliban attend a press conference, where they announce that they will begin issuing passports again to citizens after months of delays. This follows attempts to flee Afghanistan by people trying to escape the Taliban’s control.


KABUL (Reuters). AFghanistan will issue passports again to citizens on Tuesday after months of delays. This follows attempts to flee Afghanistan by people trying to escape the country since August when the Taliban seized power.

According to the official, applicants will receive documents that are identical to the ones issued by the former government even though the pace of the process had slowed down after the U.S. withdrawal.

Alam Gul Haqqani was the interim head of the passport agency. He stated that between 5,000 to 6,000 passports will be issued every day and that women would process the ones meant for female citizens.

He stated that no male employee is allowed to do a biometric check or any other passport work on women.

Qari Sayeed Khosti, spokesperson for the Interior Ministry, stated that approximately 25,000 people had paid their passport fees and there were still a few thousand applications.

Najia Aman, a Kabul resident said that she was glad the passport office was open once again so that her family member could travel overseas for treatment.

She said that she was happy to see the passport office reopened. He was not able to obtain a Pakistani passport because of many difficulties.

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