Concerns raised over declining underground water levels in Afghanistan

Taliban officials from the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation, and Livestock have expressed growing concerns over the decreasing underground water levels in Afghanistan, particularly in the capital city, Kabul.

Taliban’s Acting Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation, and Livestock, Attaullah Omari, disclosed that their administration is making efforts to address the water shortage problem in Kabul through effective management of the Panjshir River.

To tackle the challenges related to the safe management of Afghanistan’s water resources, the Taliban has established a committee consisting of officials from various government departments, with its deputy chief minister Abdul Salam Hanafi heading the committee.

Omari emphasized the need for improved management of both underground water and monsoon water, citing the mismanagement of the irrigation department in the past as a contributing factor to the current situation.

Furthermore, the Taliban-run Ministry of Industry and Commerce at a press conference on Wednesday informed the Taliban cabinet about its plan for the full utilization of domestic products. Taliban’s acting minister of industry and commerce, Nuruddin Azizi, reported that the country has witnessed the establishment of 50 new large factories that are now operational.

Additionally, Afghanistan’s export volume has grown, totaling $2 billion, primarily due to increased transit through the country from Central Asian nations to South Asia. Azizi underscored that Afghanistan now seizes opportunities for enhanced economic activity.

As the Taliban continues to deliver its “accountability process” to the nation, critics question the effectiveness of such meetings in addressing the needs and concerns of the Afghan people. Former diplomat Naeem Poyish voiced skepticism about the Taliban’s approach, labeling it as mere propaganda, and suggested that the group’s main focus remains on accumulating funds.

“Taliban presents the same propaganda show as a comedy in its Taliban form, both in terms of addressing the issue and in terms of the logic behind it, because the Taliban is only concerned with doing vice and virtue and collecting money,” Poyish said.

The concept of government accountability to the nation was initiated during the previous government led by Mohammad Ashraf Ghani. Surprisingly, despite the Taliban’s opposition to the former administration’s governance, they have continued this process since assuming power two years ago.