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Ban on Iranian imports sparks protest in Farah

Ban on Iranian imports sparks protest in Farah

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Sep 16, 2018 - 17:28

FARAH CITY (Pajhwok): Hundreds of people on Sunday protested against the government’s move to ban some imports from Iran via Abu Nasr Farahi Port in western Farah province instead of detaining corrupt officials of the port.

The Afghan government on Sunday banned imports of petroleum, steel bar, black cement, tiles and ceramics from Iran through Abu Nasr Farahi Port. Corruption in the port is said to be the reason behind the ban on import of the mentioned materials.

However, hundreds of traders, smiths and residents of Farah protested against the government’s decision and termed the ban as against the interest of the province.

The protestors said the government had been unsuccessful to fight corruption or arrest corrupt officials in Farah.

Mohammad Anwar, a trader in Farah who was talking on behalf of other protestors, said that the government should provide facilities to people instead of creating problems for them with wrong decisions.

He criticized the government’s decision and said: “Corruption is not limited to Abu Nasr Farahi Port only, other ports such as Islam Qala Port, Torghandi Por, Nimroz Port and other ports are rife with corruption,”

Anwar asked the government to lift the ban on the imports from Iran and arrest corrupt customs officials instead.

He warned to close the Farah-Herat-Kabulinfo-icon highway in protest if the government did not remove the ban on imports.

Farid Bakhtawar, the provincial council head, backed the protest and said millions of US dollars had been embezzled at Farah customs and he had enough evidence to prove his claims.

Pajhwok tried to contact the governor’s house for comment about the issue, but failed.

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