PESHAWAR: Former Afghan Finance Minister Khalid Payenda [Jan to Aug 2021] has been forced to work as taxi driver in Washington, United States.
The US media reported that former Afghan Finance Minister Khalid Payenda who once oversaw six billion dollars annual budget now work for $150 dollars a day as taxi driver in Washington DC. He is associated with an online taxi service, Uber, in Washington and earns $150 daily to fulfill the daily needs of his family.
Payenda was evacuated, along with his family, to US after the Taliban took control of Kabul on 15 August, last year. Talking to media, Minister Khalid Payenda said that he was forced to work as cab driver to support his family. Payenda informed that he earn more than $150 after working for six hours. The former Afghan finance minister blamed the United States for the current situation in Afghanistan, claiming that the US withdrawal gave the Taliban a chance to control Afghanistan.
Khalid Payenda was the finance minister in Ashraf Ghani’s government and resigned a week before the Taliban entry came to Kabul and left for the United States.