(FASTMAIL) -The US has seized 4 9.4 billion, or about Rs 70,000 crore, from the Central Bank of Afghanistan. After which the Taliban occupying Afghanistan will have to be deprived of thousands of crores of rupees deposited abroad.
Ajmal Ahmadi, the acting governor of The Afghan Bank (DAB), the central bank that left Afghanistan after the Taliban's arrival, tweeted on Wednesday that Afghanistan has about 4 9.4 billion in US deposits. Of this, about 7 billion, is in the form of US Federal Reserve bonds and assets. It also has gold worth Rs 1.3 billion, i.e. around Rs 10,000 crore.
According to Ahmadi, a consignment of foreign currency was to arrive from the US at the end of last month, but perhaps the US already knew that something like this was going to happen in Afghanistan so it did not send money. Now the US has frozen the entire deposit of the Central Bank of Afghanistan. That amount will never come.
Ahmadi said there was not a penny of foreign exchange left in Afghanistan. The Taliban have seized power, but running the government will not be easy for them. With this, the common people of Afghanistan, who are already facing difficulties, will also have to face more problems.
According to Ahmadi, the Taliban is a banned international terrorist organization, so it will not have access to this money. He said the Taliban could hardly get even 0.1 to 0.2 per cent of Afghanistan's foreign exchange reserves.
A Biden administration official said that whatever money the Afghan government's central bank would deposit in the United States would not be given to the Taliban.
According to media reports, the Taliban have only 36 362 million (about Rs 2,500 crore) in their hands. The amount was kept at DAB headquarters, other branches of the bank and President’s palace. Besides, gold and silver coins worth 16 160 million were also found at the bank's branch at the presidential palace.