Employees of ex-Govt’s Supreme Court hold protest

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The administrative employees of the Supreme Court of the former government held a protest in front of the Supreme Court in Macroyan 3 in Kabul, complaining they have not been paid for the past 10 months.

Many of the protestors were women who expressed concerns over their deteriorated economic conditions.

“Since the Islamic Emirate came to power, we are facing uncertainty. When we bring our issues to the court, we face bad treatment by the officials,” a female protestor said.

“The officials don’t respond to us about why we were dismissed and are not being paid,” a female protestor said.

The protestors also expressed concerns over their deteriorated economic condition.

“We are jobless and at home. We don’t have any jobs. There is no work. They (Islamic Emirate) also don’t allow us to carry on with our work at the court,” said Azizullah, a protestor.

The Islamic Emirate said that they will soon address the problems of these employees.

“The Islamic Emirate will address in general the problems of the departments whose activities have been halted, causing their employees to become jobless,” said Bilal Karimi, deputy spokesman for the Islamic Emirate.

According to protestors, there are 150 administrative employees not allowed to attend work after the Islamic Emirate swept into power.

The Ministry of Finance (MoF) on Saturday said that it has reduced the salaries of senior government officials.

According to the ministry, the Islamic Emirate’s supreme leader, Mullah Hibatullah Akhundzada, receives the highest salary of 228,750 Afs.

“The salary scale of the previous government was unfair and unjust. Some departments were receiving different salaries. There was a need for a change in the salaries,” said Ahmad Wali Haqmal, a spokesman for the Finance Ministry.

Based on the ministry’s figures, the salaries of the government officials and employees are as follows:

Prime Minister: 198,250 Afs, Minister: 137,250 Afs, Provincial Governors: 91,500 Afs, First Rank Officials: 25,200 to 30,500 Afs, Second Rank Officials: 16,600 to 2,600 Afs.

“Those who work in the educational department and are considered academics have some extra,” said deputy spokesman for the Islamic Emirate, Inamullah Samangani.