Fuel, gas prices up in Kabul market
KABUL (Pajhwok): The prices of diesel and liquefied gas soared as a result of unprecedented decrease in the value of Afghan currency during the outgoing week in Kabul, market sources said on Thursday.
Moneychanger Ahmad Shah said the buying rate of one US dollar was 65.20afs, while 1,000 Pakistani rupees accounted for 614afs during the week. Last week's exchange value of the dollar stood at 64.75afs and 1,000 Pakistani rupees at 510afs.
He linked the depreciation of the afghani to increased insecurity in the country, cut in foreign aids and the fleeing of Afghans from Afghanistan.
Mohammad Sharif, a liquefied gas seller in Kolola Pushta neighborhood, sold a kilogram of gas for 65afs, compared to 55afs last week.
Similarly, one litre of petrol was sold for 48afs against last week’s 46 and one litre of diesel for 41, the same price as last week, a filling station worker at Qala-i-Fathullah, Obaidullah said.
Fazal Rahman, the Food Traders' Union head, said the price of 49-kg of Pakistani sugar edged up from 1,820afs to 1,830afs due to reduction in imports of sugar.
But the prices of other food items remained unchanged as a 49-kg of Pakistani flour cost 1350 afs, a 16-liter tin of Shaista ghee 950afs and 24-kg sack of rice 1650 afs.
The price of a kg of Indonesian green tea was sold for 210afs and same quantity of African black tea for 240afs, dealer in Kabul food market, Ahmad Javed, said.
But a retailer in Dahn-i-Bagh area of Kabul, Ahmad Omaid, sold a 49-kg bag of flour for 1,400afs, a 49-kg sack of sugar for 2,000afs and a 24-kg bag of rice for 1,800afs.
He sold a 16-liter tin of Shaista ghee for 1,150afs, a kilo of African black tea for 260afs and the same quantity of Madina green tea for 250afs -- higher than wholesale prices.
Mohammad Fawad, a jeweler in Timor Shahee area, said the rate of one gram of Arabian gold was sold for 2,150afs and the same quantity of the Russian variety at 1,700afs.
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