Afghanistan to resume ATM service for first time since Taliban takeover: Report

Afghans wait in a queue in front of Azizi Bank in Kabul, Afghanistan in this September 2021 file photo (Image: Reuters/WANA)

During the later part of 2021, after the Taliban takeover in August, ATMs dried up and people were seen queuing in front of banks outside cities in Afghanistan.

  • Last Update:15 Jan 2022, 10:48 AM IST
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According to the report of Afghanistan news agencies, ATMs will be operational in Afghanistan for the first time after the takeover of Taliban from Saturday. local media cited Press release by Afghanistan’s central bank, Da Afghanistan Bank (DAB), which said that commercial banks will resume ATM services. The press release issued on Thursday said that DAB is working with banks to ensure that customers can withdraw money from ATMs.

“After a meeting with the Afghanistan Banking Association and commercial banks, Da Afghanistan Bank has issued a circular for commercial banks, based on which commercial banks will be able to transfer money from their ATMs to customers at specific locations,” the DAB said. The press release was originally issued in Pashto on its website. It also said that it is working to restore normalcy in the banking system.

It also informed about the decision on twitter In a series of tweets on Jan.

Reports of ATM drying up in Afghanistan were reported by several news agencies in August. A report by the German news agency Deutsche Welle showed that ATMs in the capital Kabul and the rest of Afghanistan remained non-functional even 10 days after the terrorist group took over Afghanistan.

Legal news website The Jurist, which works in collaboration with the University of Pittsburgh in the United States, also reported in a report last month how the banking system collapsed after the Taliban takeover. The report highlighted the woes facing Afghans in the city of Mazar-i-Sharif, where more than 200 people queued in front of Azizi Bank for several hours almost daily to withdraw money. The withdrawal limit was also close to AFN 10,000 or $100.

The report also details the plight of Afghans who lived in remote cities and traveled daily to reach cities with bank branches to withdraw cash as needed. It said that people traveled to the said bank branch from remote towns like Samangan, Sheberghan and Faryab to withdraw cash. The report also highlighted that ATM services as well as those related to MasterCard and Visa were suspended at that time. The report highlighted that Afghans were completely dependent on physical currency immediately after the Taliban takeover.

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