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Jalalabad bike sellers say incured millions of afghanis loss

Jalalabad bike sellers say incured millions of afghanis loss

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Aug 07, 2018 - 19:02

JALALABAD (Pajhwok): Motorcycle sellers say the ban on bike riding in Jalalabad, the capital of eastern Nangarhar province, has inflicted millions of afghanis loss on them and has rendered 10,000 people jobless.

They say more than 600 motorcycle mechanic shops exist in Jalalabad where around 10,000 people are working and the ban on motorcycles has forced them to close their shops.

The shopkeepers said they had invested a lot of money in motorcycle business but it was badly affected by the ban. The sellers and mechanics demanded the ban to be lifted at least on registered motorcycles.

Mohammad Saber Akbari, head of Motorcycle Sellers Union, said around 600 motorcycle repair shops existed in the city where around 10,000 people worked.

He said due to the ban, businessmen and shopkeepers associated with the bike business suffered 11 million afghanis loss. He said the government should at least allow motorcycles with registration documents and one man ride because their licnense was for at least 90,000 new motorcycles.

Jalalabad shopkeepers say the government should either remove obstacles they face or pay the losses they suffered. Baryali Hamdard, sells bikes, said that he paid 50,000 afghanis in shop rent each month besides tax to the government, but still he faced problems.

He said 11 people would work with him in his shop but currently all of them were jobless. Ghulam Nabi, a bike mechanic in Jalalabad, said he was jobless since last six months and his family was suffering from serious economic problems.

The ban was aimed at improving security in Jalalabad city, but it did not improve security and instead deprived people of livelihood, he said. The general public in Jalalabad have two views regarding the ban.

Some support the ban as effective while others say security situation is still the same as it had been in the past, therefore bikes with legal documents should be allowed.

Zar Habib, a resident of Samarkhel area of Behsud district, said he daily spent more than 200 Pakistani rupees as travel fare while he earned 600 rupees a day.

He said he could travel to the city several times a day if he had his bike, which was banned. Zaiul Rahman, a resident of third police district of Jalalabad city, said that targeted killings had reduced and security situation improved as well as there were fewer robbery cases after the bike riding ban in the city.

 Governor’s spokesman, Attaullah Khogyani, said the local administrating was also concerned about the losses bike sellers suffered, but safety of the people’s was more important.

He said several security incidents were prevented and militant plots thwarted after the bike riding ban in Jalalabad city over the past few months. Khogyani said detective organs were working on the issue and bike riding would be allowed again once threats reduced.

 Around six months back, bike riding was banned in Jalalabad after many policemen were targeted by armed motorcyclists.

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