Boycott of Pakistani products spurs sale of domestic items
KABUL (Pajhwok): Following a recent carnage in Kabul, some Pakistani products have been boycotted, a move saw a sharp rise in sales of domestic items.
Last week's suicide attacks on the Police Academy, near the Kabul Airport, Qasaba locality and a powerful blast in Shah Shaheed left 50 people -- majority of them civilians -- dead and 500 more wounded.
The most powerful of the blasts was in the Shah Shaheed locality where a lorry explosion left 15 persons dead and 400 wounded.
Reacting to the incidents, some Kabul residents boycotted Pakistani products. The campaign started on social media where some users accused Pakistan of involvement in these attacks.
Ahmadullah Ali has posted on Facebook: “Consuming Pakistani products are like funding terrorism that leads to the massacre of innocent Afghans.”
Lailuma, a teacher at a Kabul school, said: “If I can’t fight against Pakistan physically, at least, I can stop purchasing Pakistani products.”
She urged the people to avoid buying Pakistani products. “If we don’t buy Pakistani products, then traders will also be urged not to import them.”
Bahram Sarwari, a resident of Kabul city, was of the opinion that Pakistan was Afghans’ enemy. “At least 13 years ago, Pakistani products should have been banned. It’s still not that late for people to avoid buying such products.”
Ali Reza, who sells cold drinks in Mandawi, said in recent days domestic drinks sales had boomed in recent days. “Some have stopped buying Pakistani products. I also don’t want to sell anything from Pakistan.”
Abdul Wakil, a wholesaler, said in recent days people purchased more of domestic products. He said people first asked where the products were made before buying them.
On Friday some of the medicine-importing companies also decided to ban import of Pakistani drugs.
Khan Jan Alkozai, Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI), said as an Afghan he supported the move, but did not think it was for the benefit of all.
He said first the government needed to find alternative for these products, since more than 75 percent of edible goods in Afghanistan were imported from Pakistan only.
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