Former Afghanistan Finance Minister Is Driving Uber In America

(NewsReach} : Khalid Payenda, former finance minister of Afghanistan, is driving an Uber car in the US to support his family. Payenda resigned from his post a week before the Taliban regime came to power in Afghanistan. Fearing the president would have him arrested, he left for the US, where he joined his family. The then President Ashraf Ghani lashed out at him during a public meeting.

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Never would have imagined that the former finance minister has to work as a driver in an Uber company for a means of livelihood after arriving in Washington, however the minister said he was grateful for the opportunity to be able to support his family, but, “right now, I don’t have any place. I don’t belong here and I don’t belong there. It’s a very empty feeling”. “I saw a lot of ugliness, and we failed. I was part of the failure. It’s difficult when you look at the misery of the people and you feel responsible,”

Payenda said the US betrayed its commitment to democracy and human rights after making Afghanistan a center piece of post-9/11 policy. “Maybe there were good intentions initially but the United States probably didn’t mean this,” Payenda said.

Munish Kumar

Munish is a senior journalist with more than 18 years of experience. Freelance photo journalist with some leading newspapers, magazines, and news websites, has extensively contributing to The Times of India, Delhi Times, Wire, ANI, PTI, Nav Bharat Times & Business Byte and is now associated with Local Post as Editor

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