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Afghanistan to issue passport again after months of delay

Afghanistan will again start issuing passports to its citizens on Tuesday, a senior official said. Months of delay that hindered efforts By those trying to flee the country after it came under Taliban control in August.

The process, which was slowed even before Islamist militants returned to power following the withdrawal of US forces, would provide applicants with documents physically similar to those issued by the previous government, the official said.

The acting head of the Passport Office, Alam Gul Haqqani, told reporters in Kabul that 5,000 to 6,000 passports were to be issued every day, with women being employed to process passports meant for female citizens.

Home Ministry spokesman Qari Saeed Khosti told the briefing that 25,000 applicants have reached the final stage of payment of their passports, with about 100,000 applications pending in the first phase of the process.

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