Taliban imposes complete ban on use of foreign currency in Afghanistan

The US dollar is the widespread medium of exchange in Afghanistan's markets and the move is certain to cause further disruption in the country’s economy

Asian News International November 03, 2021 09:46:29 IST
Taliban imposes complete ban on use of foreign currency in Afghanistan

The afghani is the currency of Afghanistan, which traditionally is issued by the nation's central bank called Da Afghanistan Bank. News18

Kabul: In a move that is certain to cause further disruption to the Afghanistan economy that is already on the brink of collapse, the Taliban has announced a complete ban on the use of foreign currency in the country and warned of action for violating the order, reported Al-Jazeera.

"The Islamic Emirate (Taliban) instructs all citizens, shopkeepers, traders, businessmen and the general public to... conduct all transactions in Afghanis and strictly refrain from using foreign currency," the news channel quoted the statement by Taliban spokesperson Zabiullah Mujahid as saying. "Anyone violating this order will face legal action," the statement further read.

 According to the channel, the US dollar is the widespread medium of exchange in Afghanistan's markets. The bordering areas use the currency of neighbouring countries like Pakistan for trade purposes, reported the news channel.

Notably, Afghanistan's access to more than USD 9.5 billion has been blocked by the US, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) after the Taliban take-over in Kabul on 15 August.

Millions of Afghans have been internally displaced, and thousands have left the country giving rise to a growing humanitarian crisis. The country is in a dire economic situation with no international support and connectivity, resulting in an extremely difficult situation for ordinary people.

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