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Traders asked not to import low-quality fuels

Traders asked not to import low-quality fuels

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Dec 31, 2011 - 13:49

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): President Hamid Karzai has asked Afghan traders to avoid importing low-quality fuel and gas that cause pollution in the country.

During a biweekly address to the nation on Friday night, Karzai said air pollution created respiratory problems and other healthinfo-icon hazards to womeninfo-icon, children and old men.

He urged residents to take concrete steps to keep Kabul clean, the most populated city in the country. He recalled his government's decision to declare Thursday a public holiday in Kabul to reduce pollution levels in the city.

Karzai identified power generators, brick kilns, bakery shops, burning of rubber, tyres, plastic and use of low-quality fuels as major factors behind pollution.

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