Saudi Arabia and the world
Thursday, Sep 23, 2021
The World in the Heart of the Kingdom
Add Your News
Taliban Stop Afghan Government Employees From Returning To Work: Report
Afghanistan crisis: Only a few private firms, including telecom companies, have been operating since the Taliban swept back to power -- although there have been two public holidays since then.
Government employees in Kabul were blocked by Taliban terrorists from returning to their offices on Saturday, the first day of the Afghan working week.
Since the hardline Islamist group seized power six days ago, government buildings, banks, schools and universities have remained largely closed.
Only a few private firms, including telecom companies, have been operating since the Taliban swept back to power -- although there have also been two public holidays since then.
The blocking of employees from entering their offices came despite the Taliban announcing they would allow government staff to continue working.
"I went to the office this morning, but the Taliban who were at the gate told us they have not received any orders to reopen government offices," said Hamdullah.
"They told us to watch TV or listen to the radio for an announcement about when to resume work."
The Taliban have yet to form a government and in the chaos of a collapsed administration, one of the top concerns among Afghans is continuing to earn a salary.
Two days after seizing power the Taliban announced a general amnesty, and said everyone should return to work.
Spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid has said the group's new government would be "positively different" from their 1996-2001 regime, infamous for barring women from almost all aspects of public life.
He also announced a general amnesty.
"All those in the opposite side are pardoned from A to Z," he said. "We will not seek revenge."
On Saturday, most roads in the capital were largely deserted save for the route to the airport, which was choked with people scrambling to join a US-led evacuation.
Roads leading to the foreign ministry in central Kabul were also closed, an employee told AFP.
"They aren't allowing anyone to enter," he said on condition of anonymity.
"One of them even told me to wait until the new minister and directors are appointed."
The foreign exchange market was also shut as it awaited instructions from the central bank, traders said.
Another employee at the Kabul municipality said he was disappointed that the Taliban were not yet re-opening offices.
"I came with a lot of hope but left disappointed," he said.
Workers at the offices of the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation in Kabul, however, were allowed to enter after showing their ID cards, an employee there said.
Over 100 arrested in Spain and Italy in major money-laundering sting
More than 100 people have been arrested in Spain and Italy following a joint investigation into money laundering.
A single EU anti-money laundering rulebook
After multiple directives, several high-profile money laundering scandals, and numerous policy papers, the evidence is clear – money laundering remains an undiminished threat wi...
Dubai plays host to the InClassica International Music Festival
The world's most famous musicians descend on Dubai for the 10th anniversary of the InClassica International Music Festival.
Mother of all lawsuits quietly filed last month vs Facebook in Delaware
Zuckerberg, Sandberg, CFO, board inc Peter Thiel and Palantir are defendants - it's a result of sealed docs between FB execs and board.
‘It’s about fairness’: Germany scraps Covid quarantine compensation for unvaccinated workers
Germany’s Health Minister Jens Spahn has announced that the government will scrap compensation for unvaccinated workers who have to isolate after testing positive for Covid or r...
A Year After The FinCEN Files, The Biggest Change Is Still A Work In Progress
One year ago today, BuzzFeed News and the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists published the FinCEN Files, the largest reporting project ever undertaken, which ...
Mark Zuckerberg reacts to NYT report on Facebook using news feed to promote positive stories about itself
Zuckerberg blasted the Times report's claim that he used an electric surfboard in a video posted to his personal accounts on July 4
ICC Authorizes Investigation Into Philippines' ‘War on Drugs’
The International Criminal Court (ICC) green-lit an investigation Wednesday into how the Philippine government waged its ‘war on drugs’ between 2011 and 2019.
A Spanish Architect Transforms a Medieval Townhouse Into a Stunning Rental
In the medieval city of Girona, Catalonia, a Spanish architect saves a 16th-century townhouse by converting it into a five-bedroom rental.
‘It’s France’s and will remain so’: Paris denies UK media report claiming it could give up its UN Security Council seat
France has rejected a report by the Daily Telegraph that it was proposing to hand its seat at the UN Security Council over to Brussels in exchange for European governments suppo...
NFTs Are the Building Blocks of the Metaverse - Here’s How It’s Being Built
The metaverse is aiming to establish complete decentralization infrastructure at its very foundation. This is already happening with NFTs.
Subscribe also to our WhatsApp channel:
Add Your News