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    Petrol, diesel rates jump in Kabul

    KABUL (PAN): Fuel prices shot up during the outgoing week in Kabul, where rates of other daily-use items remained unchanged, retailers said on Thursday.

    The price of one litre of petrol increased from 59 afghanis to 62 afs, while the same amount of diesel cost 70afs against its last week's rate of 63afs, a fuel station worker in the Arya town, Noor Ahmad, told Pajhwok Afghan News.

    Each of the 30 government-run shops that sell a kilo of gas for 55 afs remain closed on Thursdays and Fridays. The Ministry of Commerce and Industries supplies the commodity to 70 shops in Kabul for 54afs per kilo and the shops sell a kilo of gas for 59afs. The rate stayed unchanged this week.

    A dealer in the Qala-i-Fathullah locality, Husain Ali, said he sold a kilo of gas for 80afs and purchased it from a private company for 77afs a kilo. But another dealer in the Arya town, Javed Ahmad, sold the samewww.pajhwok.comafs.

    The price of 560 kilograms of unpeeled oak was 7,200afs and the same amount of cedar accounted for 6400afs, said a firewood stall owner in the Dasht-i-Barchi area, Hajji Sultan.

    A 50-kilogram bag of Brazilian sugar was priced at 2,160, the same amount of Pakistani flour at 1040afs and rice at 2,500afs, said the Food Traders' Union head, Hajji Fazlul Rahman.

    The rates of other food items also remained unchanged, with a five-kg tin of ghee accounting for 420afs, a kilo of black tea for 190afs and the same amount of green tea for 160afs, he said.

    Wholesale prices of eatables varied in parts of the city. A shopkeeper in the Doh-i-Bagh locality said he sold a 50-kg sack of Pakistani flour for 1,100afs. Ahmad Nasrat added the same amount of Pakistani rice cost 2,600afs and a 50-kg bag of Brazilian sugar 2,220afs.

    Likewise, the price of one kilo of green tea worked out at 170afs and black tea at 200afs. A 5-kilogram tin of ghee was sold at 470afs, he said.

    Mohammad Zahir Akbari, a jeweller in the Mashal Market of Kabul, said gold prices stayed stable, as a gram of Arabian gold sold for 2,100afs and the same amount of the Iranian variety for 1,750afs.

    Moneychanger Ahmad Shah said the buying rate of a US dollar was 49.35afs, while 1,000 Pakistani rupees accounted for 547afs. Last week's exchange value of the greenback stood at 49.30afs and 1,000 Pakistani rupees at 545afs.

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