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Protesting transporters ask Kabul to undo tax hike

Protesting transporters ask Kabul to undo tax hike

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Sep 06, 2018 - 08:44

PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Pakistani transporters continue to observe a wheel-jam strike against what they call inordinately high taxes imposed by the Afghan government on transportation of goods.

The transporters, who complain of having suffered losses, have been protesting in Peshawar’s posh neighbourhood of Hayatabad for the last two months to press Kabulinfo-icon into withdrawing the tax hike.

Pakistaninfo-icon-Afghanistaninfo-icon Goods Transport Association head Mian Javed Kakakhel blamed the Afghanistan government for raising the tax on transportation of goods to the war-wracked country.

Afghan authorities were charging more 400, 000 afghanis on a truck carrying 20 tonnes of weight and 1 million afghanis on truck load carrying 37 tonnes of goods, claimed Siffat Ullah Safi, general secretary of the association.

 “Trade between the two countries is falling due to the increase in taxes on transporters. Thousands of people associated with transport and trade have been rendered jobless,” he said.

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