However, the Tajik authorities, who are fiercely critical of the Taliban, have denied any possibility of returning the money.
A Dushanbe-based news site Avesta reported a few days ago that the Taliban had transferred nearly $ 800,000 to the bank account of the Afghan embassy in Tajikistan, when it was no longer to be done.
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According to sources cited by the news group, the money was supposed to be transferred by the government of former Afghan President Ashraf Ghani. This money was supposed to be used to finance a school for refugee children in Tajikistan. However, the deal fell through when the Taliban took control of Afghanistan and Ghani fled the country.
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A few weeks later, the transfer finally took place in September, but some sources claim the figure was closer to $ 400,000. However, there was no communication on the matter from the Taliban-led Afghan finance ministry for weeks.
Struggling to keep the economy afloat, in November, according to reports, the Taliban contacted the government of Tajikistan about the money transfer and asked officials to return every penny of that money transfer. Tajik officials, however, refused to follow the order.
“We haven’t built the school, but for four months now teachers and embassy staff have been receiving their salaries from these funds. All the money is spent for the needs of the embassy and the Afghan citizens, ”said the source quoted by Eurasianet.
The government of Tajikistan officially considers the Taliban to be a terrorist organization and, therefore, it would be impossible for the government to transfer money to such an entity labeled as a “terrorist organization,” the sources said.
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