The independent Pajhwok Afghan News agency published a survey on Saturday that found the Taliban now controls at least 52 percent of the territory in Afghanistan and rules over 59 percent of the population.
Pajhwok’s survey began in November 2020 and involved interviews and questionnaires completed by 1,266 people. The results found 27 of Afghanistan’s districts fully under Taliban control, 64 fully under government control, and the other 297 districts split between them.
The Taliban claimed on Saturday that it controls over 70 percent of the country, a claim rejected by the central government’s national security adviser, Hamdullah Mohib.
Mohib said the Taliban is still holding meetings in Pakistan to “make plans on how to kill the people of Afghanistan and destroy the gains that we have achieved and destroy our infrastructures,” rather than administering the huge amount of territory it claims to control.
Mohib also condemned the Taliban for