Within the Taliban state, a crying lack of personnel

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During their lightning rise to power during the United States withdrawal United of Afghanistan in the summer 2021, the Taliban had promised to to grant amnesty and to allow civil servants to keep their jobs as well as to ensure that the ethnic diversity of the government is preserved. Only, reports the New York Times, as expected, it was mainly soldiers and clerics from the ranks of the Taliban who rose to public responsibilities. Many civil servants have fled the country or refuse to work for the new power in place. Many are no longer paid, and a certain number want to avoid having their asylum applications abroad refused for collaboration with the Taliban. As a result, the state now finds itself with gaping holes, and an urgent need to recruit.

The problem is that the Taliban remained for years in the guerrilla state and therefore do not have many technocrats in their ranks. An employee of Salaam, the country’s public telecommunications company, says that the new executives “n’t have no leadership experience. They sit in the offices with weapons and mistreat the employees accusing them of being corrupt.»

Search for emergency technocrats Deprived of its financial assets and international aid, the country is financially drained, and its banking system on the verge of collapse. All this with a Ministry of the Economy devoid of competent civil servants.

In order to stop the brain drain and fill the vacant positions, the Taliban therefore set out to find ex-officials who took refuge in Pakistan during the American invasion of the country in 2001.

The New York Times recounts that over the past twenty years, Khyal Mohammad Ghayoor, the current director of the Kabul traffic police, who nevertheless supervises more than 1.400 people, was established as a baker in southwestern Pakistan.

Nothing says newcomers will be thrilled of their return home. Despite their new positions as judges or police officers, the situation does not necessarily encourage them to plan a permanent settlement. Some, says the NYT, return without selling their Pakistani homes or repatriating their families, still uncertain of their future.