The Deputy Prime Minister of the Taliban, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, during a meeting with scholars, tribal elders, domestic investors, and local businessmen in Herat province, said that work on the TAPI project will soon begin in Herat province in northwest Afghanistan.

According to the Taliban-run Bakhtar state news agency, the Taliban official told the people of Herat in a meeting on Friday, September 2, that the province will benefit from the TAPI project’s impending start of construction.

Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar announced the establishment of an industrial town in the Pol-e-Hashim region of Herat province.

 He also stated that the construction of the Pashdan and Shindand dams would soon be resumed, which came to a halt as the previous government collapsed to the Taliban.

The Pashdan Dam is one of Afghanistan’s largest infrastructure initiatives, which is located in Karukh district, 25 kilometers east of Herat city, the provincial capital of Herat province.

The hydroelectric dam was expected to be completed by the end of 2021. However, construction on the project has been halted, and the dam is roughly 85% complete, according to the reports.

According to the deputy prime minister of the Taliban, one of the group’s achievements is the stability of the value of the Afghani currency against foreign currencies, which, in his opinion, other countries have failed to do so.

It is also said that Mawlawi Mujib Rahman Ansari attended the meeting before being killed in an explosion later that day while leading the congregation in Friday prayer.

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  • Saqalain Eqbal is an Online Editor for Khaama Press. He is a Law graduate from The American University of Afghanistan (AUAF).