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According to the Taliban Ministry of Interior’s General Directorate of Passports, three million passport booklets have been printed and is expected to arrive in Kabul in two weeks. 

The passport office’s primary challenge, according to the passport office itself, is due to the large number of passport booklets’ printing, which will be resolved once the newly printed passports arrive in Kabul and the passport offices will resume operating in the capital and provinces.

The General Directorate of Passport also stated that the passport applicants’ documents, which had already been processed by the provincial passport offices will be printed and ready in two weeks.

People have been complaining to the Passport Office about their passports not being printed.

A Ghazni province local, who wished to remain anonymous, told Khaama Press that he and his family had completed registering their biometrics on 8th of Dalw, 1400 (22nd of January 2022), and that their passports had not been printed in nearly four months.

He stated that he had visited the passport office multiple times but that no one had been held accountable, and he is yet to receive the passports.

He further asserts that they went to the Afghan Post office in Ghazni province and were told that the Ghazni passport office had not yet sent them their passports.

The statement of the General Directorate of Passport comes at time that the findings of a survey conducted by Gallup demonstrate that majority, more than half, of the Afghan people seek an exit from Afghanistan, with the return of the Taliban.

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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).