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Taliban gunmen take taxes on Kabul-Bamyan highway

Taliban gunmen take taxes on Kabul-Bamyan highway

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Nov 05, 2018 - 20:26

BAMYAN CITY (Pajhwok): Livestock owners and traders of agricultural products in central Bamyan province say payment of taxes to the Talibaninfo-icon has negatively impacted their income.

The traders say Taliban collect money from them in Jalriz district of Maidan Wardak province in the name of ushr and the insurgents give them a receipt after collecting money.

The Taliban charge taxes on all types of goods shopkeepers bring from Kabulinfo-icon to Bamyan. The insurgents also take 10 percent on exports to Bamyan such as cows, sheep, potato, apple, alfalfa and others, they say.

Eid Mohammad (not a real name), a resident and trader of livestock in Bamyan, told Pajhwok Afghan News that Taliban used to take one out of each 10 sheep and one out of each 10 cows from people in Dara-i-Maidan area of the province.

“If a person does not want to give his animals to the Taliban, then the person is forced to pay its price,” he said.

“I have several times given 10 percent of my assets to the Taliban as ushr. I thought the government would one day take action and prevent the Taliban from doing so, but nothing changed and I was forced to share this issue with security officials in Maidan Wardak,” he said. He added security officials in Maidan Wardak also did not take any steps.

Mohammad Amin, another resident of Bamyan, said he was forced to pay 7,000 afghanis to the Taliban for transporting a truck of alfalfa from Bamyan to Kabul.

“I had only 4,000 afghanis and I paid that to the Taliban, the insurgents took another 3,000 afghanis from me when I was returning from Kabul to Bamyan,” he said.

He said the Taliban had control of the route from Pul-i-Hawai area of Jalriz district to Mamaki area and the rebels used to collect money in the name of ushr from people.

“People have no option but to pay to the Taliban, because people cannot fight with the insurgents who are armed and have power and can do anything they want,” he said.

Haji Ahmad Jafari, a provincial council member of Maidan Wardak province, said he had shared the issue with local security officials, but they said they were unable to control the route lonely.

“Security officials told me the central government should make a decision on this matter,” he said.

He said a security post in Jalriz district that secured five kilometers of the highway fell to militants a few months ago. “People are at trouble with Taliban’s extortion and this problem needs to be solved,” Jafari added.

Pajhwok tried to contact Maidan Wardak officials for comment on the issue, but no one responded.

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