The Taliban have announced that Afghan passports, national identity cards (NIDs) will be changed and will have the name “Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan” in them.
They also said the passports and national identity cards issued by the previous government will be valid for the time being, according to a local media report.
Deputy minister of information and culture and the spokesperson of the Taliban Zabiullah Mujahid said that it is possible for the Afghan passports and NIDs to have the name “Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan” in them, reported The Khaama Press News Agency.
He also also said that the documents issued by the previous government are still valid as legal documents of the country.
According to the news agency, passport and national identity cards departments are still closed in Afghanistan and only those who have conducted their biometrics can get these documents.
Already affecting changes in the country, the Taliban which swiftly recaptured Afghanistan last month, has replaced women’s ministry with the “Ministries of Prayer and Guidance and the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice”.
They have also not allowed students return to schools and restored punishments like amputations and executions to deter criminals.
The Taliban hanged bodies of four kidnappers from cranes after murdering them in a firefight in Afghanistan’s western city of Herat on Saturday. Mawlawi Shir Ahmad Muhajir, deputy governor of Herat province, claimed the men’s bodies were exposed in several public locations on the same day as the executions to convey a “lesson” that abduction will not be condoned.
Meanwhile, US Department of State spokesperson Ned Price strongly reacted to the recent statement of the Taliban over implementing the Sharia laws, which includes amputation and execution of criminals.
Price said the laws are a clear violation of human rights and they are working along with the international community to ensure human rights in Afghanistan, reported The Khaama Press News Agency.
“We are not only observing the statement of the Taliban but also their actions in Afghanistan,” said Price.