Lights Out in Afghanistan as Taliban Comes Up Short

Lights Out in Afghanistan as Taliban Comes Up Short

( – The Taliban has been in power in Afghanistan for more than a month, and things are not going well. People are being murdered, women were stripped of their rights, and now the terrorists might not even be able to keep the lights on.

According to reports, the Taliban has not paid the Asian countries that supply its power. Afghanistan imports more than half of its electricity from Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, and Turkmenistan. Currently, Kabul’s power is plentiful because the Taliban hasn’t been attacking its power lines — something it regularly did while the US was in the country. Also, there are no longer rolling blackouts as the US and Afghan military gobble up much of the power. However, without payment, that could all change.

Tajikistan’s relationship with Afghanistan is rapidly deteriorating. The country is giving shelter to anti-Taliban forces and has deployed more troops to its borders.

Daud Noorzai, the former chief of Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (DABS), the country’s state power monopoly, said it’s a “really dangerous situation.” If the country fails to pay, it could plunge into darkness, and the Afghan people would lose access to telecommunications. Safiullah Ahmadzai, DABS’ chief operating officer, told reporters that officials are trying to convince its power suppliers they’ll receive payment.

The Taliban still hasn’t approved invoices to pay for the power supply despite having roughly $40 million in cash in its accounts. When contacted about what it plans to do, the new ruling government refused to comment.

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