Faced with staffing issues, the Taliban look for help in Pakistan

14/1/2022 3:48:00 AM

Faced with staffing issues, the Taliban look for help in Pakistan

Then, after Kabul fell to the Taliban in August last year, Mr Khyal Mohammad Ghayoor received a call from a stranger who identified himself only by the dual honorifics, Hajji Sahib, which roughly translates to a distinguished man who has made a pilgrimage to Mecca. The man told Mr Ghayoor he was needed back in Afghanistan, not as a baker but as a police chief.

Leaders promised to retain civil servants and prioritise ethnic diversity for top government roles, but instead have filled positions at all management levels with soldiers and theologians. Other government employees have fled or refused to work, leaving widespread vacancies in the fragile state.

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