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Trade goods snuggled to Pakistan daily via Dorbaba

Trade goods snuggled to Pakistan daily via Dorbaba

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Sep 17, 2019 - 17:59

JALALALBAD (Pajhwok): Commercial goods are being smuggled to Pakistaninfo-icon from Dorbaba district of eastern Nangarhar province on hundreds of horses on a daily basis, but the provincial governor refused to talk about the matter.

There is a huge center in Gorkoh area of the district where illicit commercial goods are kept in around 40 warehouse.

Dozens of containers are emptied there and then smuggled to Pakistan on hundreds of horses.

However, the goods are passed from customs and revenue departments in Nangarhar and Herat provinces, but the smugglers transfer these goods to Pakistan through Sasobi Kandaw.

Miakhan, head of the center’s affairs committee, said the goods were first cleared from customs in Herat, Nangarhar before being transferred to Pakistan.

The goods include car tyres, TVs, black tea and 50 kinds of food and non-food items, which are daily smuggled to Pakistan.

Miakhan refused to comment when asked why these goods are not transferred via Torkhan border crossing to Pakistan, but said the business had created jobs for hundreds of people.

He said they had made a decision on tribal-level that those who imported or exported drugs through this way, his house would be set alight by all the tribe.

Hazrat Nabi, a tribal elder, said these goods were being checked by Afghanistaninfo-icon customs but transferred freely from Pakistan customs.

He said all the goods arrived from China, Iran and other countries and then transferred to Pakistan.

But most notably, the driver of a truck recentrly brought goods from Karachi to this spot and then transferred them back to Pakistan on horses. Arman Jan, the driver, said he did this to evade taxes.

Hayat Wali, who has been in the business for two decades, said hundred of moles and horses were used to transfer these goods with permission of border police to Pakistan on a daily basis.

Ishab Wali Muslim, a member of the provincial council and also resident of the area, acknowledged the issue and said the all the transferred goods were checked in Nangarhar and Herat customs and revenue departments.

To a question, he said: “The center has been there since King Zahir Shah time and many people are on job. The horses enter Pakistan legally.”

Pajhwok tried to contact Governor Shah Mahoomd Miakhel for comment but he replied that talking in this regard was just a waste of time.

Mohammad Ayub Hussainkhel, border police commander in the east, refused to talk on the issue and said the provincial government should contacted in this regard.

Attaullah Khogyani, the governor’s spokesman, said no body would be allowed to illegally transfere goods to Pakistan and security forces always prevented smuggling of such nature. “We do not allow smuggling of drugs,” he added.

There are concerns that explosives are being  brought to Afghanistan; but Pajhwok team could not find any suspicious activity in the area.

sa/ma

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