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Taliban Go from Pillar to Post as Scarcity of Funds Looms

Taliban Go from Pillar to Post as Scarcity of Funds Looms
The Siliconreview
24 August, 2021

Seemingly there has been a policy shift — from religious fundamentalists to liberals.

The Taliban have recently taken over Afghanistan. It has been over a week since the armed group has claimed control over the country. Seemingly there has been a policy shift — from religious fundamentalists to liberals. This indicates that the Taliban plan to form a government in Afghanistan and seek the world leaders’ support, financial support.

A day after Afghanistan was recaptured, the US president Mr. Biden froze funds that belonged to the Ghani government. Clearly, it’s not fun to run a government empty-handed.

The policy shift I am talking about does not necessarily mean that the Taliban are not bad guys anymore. They are reeling under huge debt and need emergency funds to at least kick-start a government they are trying to form. There are talks doing rounds on social media that the Taliban are more liberal now compared to 20 years ago. No, they are seeking funds, hence the liberal move.

Even though world leaders and the Taliban have reached an impasse, there will always be players ready to fund their military movement in the country. But that’s not enough. There’s a clear difference between funding an armed force and funding a government. The Taliban, therefore, will build diplomatic channels with the White House to bypass further hardships.

Meanwhile, the evacuation process has speeded up as the Taliban do not fancy foreign forces extending their stay in the country.