Dispute between Supreme, MJLC deepens
KABUL (PAN): An Afghan logistics company has warned of nationwide protests and halting logistic supplies to NATO-led troops if the government failed to defend it against Supreme, which handles logistic supplies for foreign troops.
Advisor to Mansoor Jalal Logistics Company (MJLC), Mohammad Yousaf Amin, told reporters in Kabul the company signed an agreement with Supreme Group in 2011 on providing foreign troops with logistic supplies. The MJCL then hired six subcontractors to share the task, he said.
But Supreme paid no money to MJCL for the last 10 months, also blocking payments to the subcontractors, Amin alleged.
He claimed Supreme Group owed a total of $22 million to them, but stopped short of giving details. “We call for a judicial inquiry into the case and placing the Supreme officials on the exit control list,” Amin demanded.
“We, for the last time, give next 72 hours to the government, ISAF and the Supreme Group to return us our rights, otherwise we will launch protests by involving the masses and stop logistic supplies to NATO forces.”
But Supreme rejected Amin’s claims as “totally unsubstantiated”, saying it was not in debt to MJLC. “We view the demands and threats made against Supreme’s employees, assets and operations as an illegal attempt to extract money that is not owed,” said Victoria Frost, Director of Corporate Development, Marketing and Communications at the Supreme Group.
In fact, she said Supreme had filed an arbitration complaint against MJLC for $1.2 million value of missing fuel on July 18, 2013.
Supreme issued numerous invitations to MJLC to meet and discuss any concerns in an open and appropriate manner and follow the arbitration process as agreed in the contract for dispute resolution, she said.
During a protest on Saturday, she said MJLC falsely claimed that Supreme owed money and threatened Afghan employees doing their normal daily business.
She said they were shocked on receiving the news MJLC was holding a press conference during which they made illegal threats against Supreme.
“The standard process for commercial dispute resolution is to enter into arbitration as specified in the contract, which MJLC was pleased to sign.”
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