Afghan cleric sent to Iran because diplomat cannot find accommodation for large family

An Afghan cleric sent to Iran as a diplomat cannot find accommodation for his 15-member family of three women and 12 children, Afghanistan International TV reported on Friday.

The man, Mufti Alim Noorani, with no diplomatic experience or general training, was appointed third secretary of the Afghan embassy in Tehran.

Afghan international published copy of a letter sent by the embassy in Kabul, saying none of the mission’s accommodations have enough space for the 16-member family. The embassy has several residences in the Elahiyeh district of Tehran, an affluent area.

In the letter, the embassy is asking for $2,300 per month for the rental of a suitable residence for Noorani, which, together with real estate costs, would total $28,750 for the year.

Since the Taliban took power last August, poverty and hunger have gripped Afghanistan, with international organizations issuing warnings and other countries discussing how to help the isolated government.

The United Nations has said 98% of the population is undernourished, while most Western aid has been cut off after the Taliban takeover.

The new rulers, who have used widespread violence against civilians to weaken the elected government and come to power, had promised to form an inclusive government, but so far all important posts have gone to trusted members of the secret group.

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