Insecurity main hurdle to businesses in Ghazni
GHAZNI CITY (Pajhwok): The provincial Chamber of Commerce and Industry chief says traders are concerned about their security in southern Ghazni province.
Abdul Matin Qalandari told Pajhwok Afghan News during an interview that the security of local traders and investors had not been ensured and the government should pay attention to the problem.
“Security on the Kabul-Ghazni highway is not satisfactory. There has been a sharp increase in kidnappings and killings in Ghazni City, negatively impacting businesses,” he said.
However, Qalandari did not specifically mention a particular incident of violence, but said if the security situation was improved, many traders would return to the country.
“Most Afghan traders are living abroad. If there was good security in Ghazni, they would have been living here. The highway is insecure, traders fear they could be kidnapped if they travel by road,” he said.
Haji Naqibullah, a trader in Ghazni, said his younger brother was kidnapped by unknown gunmen and later killed him.
He said he had no faith in security forces because his brother was kidnapped from the heart of the city. “This is a worrisome situation when gunmen kidnap people in broad daylight.”
A resident of Andar district, Haji Nimatullah, who runs his business in Saudi Arabia, said he would do investment in Afghanistan if the security situation is improved.
“I rarely come home. I cannot start business here until the security situation remains fragile. If I start a business here, I fear threats to my family will increase.”
Deputy governor Mohammad Ali Ahmadi acknowledged traders faced security threats. “We should admit the security situation in Ghazni is not good. Traders avoid doing businesses here. If security is improved, investors will definitely come.”
He said the provincial leadership held frequent meetings with security organs how to deal with threats being faced by traders.
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