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Taliban halts operations of Iranian charity in three provinces of Afghanistan

The Taliban has suspended the operations of the Imam Khomeini Relief Foundation, an Iranian charitable organisation, in Kabul, Herat, and Balkh provinces of Afghanistan.

The Iranian Jamaran News Agency reported on Thursday that the Taliban made the decision without prior notice or a clear reason, despite the foundation having a license from the Taliban Ministry of Public Works and paying taxes to the Taliban Ministry of Economy.

The foundation’s activities have been suspended in three provinces, but they are still ongoing in Zaranj City of Nimruz province.

This is not the first time the foundation’s operations have been restricted. The activities were also stopped during the first round of Taliban rule but resumed after the Taliban’s fall in 2001.

The Imam Khomeini Relief Foundation was founded in 1979 to provide support for poor families. It has been active in Afghanistan for over 20 years. Following the fall of the Taliban, the foundation resumed its activities in four major cities: Kabul, Mazar-i-Sharif, Herat, and Zaranj.

According to Iranian media, the foundation has been providing relief and aid to needy people across various provinces of Afghanistan.

Since the Taliban returned to power in Afghanistan, the group has been banning the operations of international organisations within the country, and they have also imposed restrictions on the work of women in these organisations.