To survive and sustain and meet its financial requirements, Taliban smuggles drugs, extorts money from construction companies and holds government officials on ransom.
Local media of Afghanistan, however, points the finger at Arab Sheikhs, accusing them of funding the Taliban forces in Afghanistan. According to a report in daily Mehvar, the money is collected from Shiekhs in Arab countries and handed over to Taliban to help them fight against the U.S. troops stationed here.
There are many other financial sources for Taliban that take care of their financial needs. Drug smuggling, money extortion from supplying convoys of NATO, hefty commissions from National Solidarity Program (NSP) project contractors, extortion money from government officials, Ushr (an Islamic tax, amounting to one-tenth of the harvest of wheat) from farmers are some of the financial resources of Taliban.