The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.
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Full power debts payment IEA’s great achievement

Afghanistan, after the takeover of the Islamic Emirate, has paid all its electricity-related debts to the neighboring countries, Da Afghan Breshna Sherkat, the country’s only power supply company said as cited by Shariat, one of the Emirati dailies on Wednesday. The 627 million U.S. dollars in electricity debt payment to all four countries, according to the daily, quoting the company’s X page, has been made by the company recently and currently there was no payable amount in terms of power. Afghanistan imports electricity from four neighboring countries such as Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan and Iran and on February 1, the Tajik Minister of Energy and Water Resources told reporters that Afghanistan had fully paid off its power debts to that country. This is good news for the whole Afghanistan governmental and non-governmental agencies as well as the entire people of Afghanistan that the so high amount of debts have been paid by the Islamic Emirate and the great achievement is expected to help electricity bills reduced countrywide. Afghanistan has faced major challenges in terms of electricity, but the problem has now been addressed, after the resumption of power by the Islamic Emirate, more than two years ago. Nearly all electricity resources of the country are based in other countries; roughly Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Tajikistan. Currently, only major cities of the country, enjoy electricity, but with long breaks and the people complain about high power bills. Afghanistan has numerous power dams such as Surobi Dam, Naghlu dam, Darunta dam, Maheepar dam, Jabal Saraj dam, Chak dam, etc. but, some are not operational while others are partly operational. Some of them are not working due to damage in the power-producing turbines and some due to lack of water in the winter seasons. Most of the country’s population are deprived of this blessing, even in some parts of the country, some local residents don’t know what is the electricity and when will they receive this real rights. During the past twenty years of the former governments, nothing tangible had been made for Afghanistan and the destitute people, but only bloodshed and losing youths due to long years of imposed wars and devastation. The ground is now provided for the Islamic Emirate and the entire Afghan people to join hands and work for the country’s prosperity through the reconstruction of the country’s infrastructures and reactivation of all power dams, water dams and other factories of the country. On the other hand, the international community, particularly the world and regional powers should understand the realities of Afghanistan and intermediate for the lifting of the long unfair political and economic sanctions on the Islamic Emirate as the negative impact will only be a blow to the ordinary people.

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The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.