The Afghan Taliban are reportedly boosting coal exports to Pakistan and have raised duties on sales to generate more revenue from its mining sector in the absence of foreign funding.
Reuters reported on Friday that the move comes as global coal prices near record highs after Indonesia's shock ban on exports and Russia's invasion of Ukraine earlier this year.
The Taliban's finance ministry spokesperson Ahmad Wali Haqmal said this week that coal exports and revenues are higher in the current government compared to the previous one.
One Pakistani official told Reuters that Pakistan had increased coal imports from Afghanistan and could be importing up to 500-thousand tons per month.
Tax on coal exports was also increased last week to 30 percent from 20 percent.