Mafia groups threaten trade with Pakistan: ACCI
JALALABAD (PAN): A senior Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) official on Thursday said the presence of mafia groups on both sides of the Durand Line threatened trade between Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Addressing a gathering of traders in Jalalabad, the ACCI deputy director, Khan Jan Alokozai, praised the government for launching a drive at disarming illegal armed groups in the eastern province of Nangarhar. He said illegal armed individuals posed a serious threat to Nangarhar’s stability and the government-initiated peace process.
Khan Jan said three containers belonging to traders Haji Abdul Wahab and Haji Atiq had been stolen by armed robbers on the Peshawar-Torkham road, adding traders were being killed, kidnapped and threatened by mafia groups active on both sides of the border.
He also accused public works departments’ officials of teasing and forcing into paying bribes traders during scaling their commercial goods at ports in Kandahar and Herat and Torkham.
The ACCI head in Nangarhar, Eng. Mohammad Qasim Yousafi, urged the ACC main office in Kabul to intensify its efforts at extending power facility from Naghlo water Dam to Sheikh Masri and Hesar-i-Shahi industrial parks.
He added Nangarhar traders were ready to donate $30 million for the project. However, he said the Ministry of Power and Energy had rejected their offer.
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