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Pump owners' association chief referred to AGO

Pump owners' association chief referred to AGO

Aug 02, 2011 - 15:47

KABULinfo-icon(PANinfo-icon): The Ministry of Commerce and Industry has referred the fuel station owners' association head to the Attorney General's office for selling diesel and petrol above the rates fixed by the government, an official said on Tuesday.

On July 19, the ministry set the rate of diesel and petrol at 58 afghanis per litre, but fuel station owners continued to sell diesel at 59 afs and petrol at 61 afs. On Tuesday, however, a gas seller named Farid said the rate was 57 afs per litre of diesel and 58 afs per litre of petrol.
He confirmed that the head of the fuel station owners' association, Ali Mohammad Ahmadzai, was referred to the AG Office on Sunday.

Deputy Attorney General Rahmatullah Nazari said that Ahmadzai was to be arrested on Saturday, but it was a holiday. Public prosecutors have been tasked with investigating his case, he said.

Efforts to reach Ahmadzai were unsuccessful. A member of the fuel station owners' association, Abdul Qadir, who owns a station in Bagh Bala locality of Kabul city, said that action against Ahmadzai violated the rules of a free market economy.


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