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Prices of fuel, gold other commodities up in Kabul

Prices of fuel, gold other commodities up in Kabul

Jul 30, 2015 - 17:06

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Due to decline in value of Afghani against foreign currencies, the prices of fuel and Arabic gold witnessed a slight increase in the outgoing week, retailers said on Thursday.

The prices of fuel, flour, oil were up and the value of Afghani currency declined against foreign currencies in the outgoing week in capital Kabul.

A gas seller in Taimani area, Zabihullah, sold one kilogram of liquefied gas for 50 afghanis, compared to last week’s price of 40 afs.

Another gas seller in the Qala-i-Zaman Khan area of Kabul city sold one kilogram of liquefied gas for 45 afghanis, compared to last week’s price of 40.

Pajhwok Afghan News reporter could not get version of officials concerned for comments over increase in price of gas in the country.

But Musafir Qoqandi, spokesman for the Ministry of Trade and Commerce, said last week that there was no reason behind unprecedented jump in the gas prices.

Abdul Hadi, director of a petrol station in Wazirabad locality, said that the rate of one litre of petrol up from 43 to 46 afghanis and the same quantity of diesel increased from 41 to 42 afghanis.

Fazal Rahman, head of the Food Traders' Union, said with the surge in prices of gas and oil the prices of necessary editable items had also jumped.

According to his information, 49-kilogram sack of Pakistani flour accounted for 1,260 afs, 16 litres of Momen oil for 970 afs, 24 kilograms of rice for 1,550afs, 50 kilograms of sugar for 1,620afs, and a kilogram of African black tea for 210afs in the outgoing week.

But a retailer in the Dahan-i-Bagh area of Kabul, Ahmad Farhad, sold a 50-kg bag of flour for 1,370afs, a 50-kg sack of sugar for 1,850afs, a 24-kg bag of rice for 1,850afs and a 16 liter tin of Momin ghee for 1,060afs.

Mohammad Fawad, a jeweler in the Taimur Shahi square, said due to decline in the value of Afghani currency the price of one gram Arabic accounted for 1,950afs and the price of one gram Russian gold accounted for 1,600 afs.

Afghani currency has somhow lost its value in the outgoing week against foreign currency.

Moneychanger Ahmad Shah said the buying rate of one US dollar was 61,30afs, while 1,000 Pakistani rupees accounted for 589 afs. Last week's exchange value of one dollar stood at 61 afs and 1,000 Pakistani rupees at 581afs.



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