Kabul Faces Energy Crisis as Taliban Fails to Pay Central Asian Suppliers

Kabul Faces Energy Crisis as Taliban Fails to Pay Central Asian Suppliers

Afghanistan’s power supply may be cut off in the coming weeks if the Taliban fails to pay outstanding electricity bills due to the country’s main energy providers in Central Asia, the Wall Street Journalreported Sunday.

Afghanistan’s state-owned power company, Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (DABS), has not paid electricity bills issued by its top suppliers in Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan since the Taliban seized control of Kabul and DABS on August 15.

DABS liabilities have grown to more than $90 million since August 15 and continue rising, Safiullah Ahmadzai told the Journal. Ahmadzai previously served as DABS COO and later stayed on with the state monopoly after the Taliban took over the company. He acted as DABS CEO until October 3, when he was replaced by a Taliban cleric.

Gabrielle Reyes