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    Cabinet OKs law combating financial crimes

    KABUL (PAN): The Cabinet has approved a draft law into act on financial crimes, directing the Ministry of Finance to create a taskforce for its implementation in cooperation with the departments concerned. 

    Administrative Affairs Department at the Presidential Palace said the Council of Ministers had approved the law on Monday. The Cabinet ordered the Ministry of Finance to enforce it through a taskforce. 

    Finance Minister Hazrat Omar Zakhilwal, who attended the meeting, said the law would help Afghanistan deal with the complex nature of financial crimes, including bank fraud, tax evasion, corruption and terror financing, bribery, embezzlement, identity thefts, money laundering and forgery.

    The ministry spokesman Wahid Tawhidi told Pajhwok Afghan News the draft had been prepared for presentation at the Tokyo Conference. The law is being implemented in cooperation with the Ministry of Interior, the National Directorate of Security (NDS) and the Attorney General Office (AGO).