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Khostis given 3 day-deadline to stop using rupee

Khostis given 3 day-deadline to stop using rupee

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Dec 30, 2019 - 18:13

KHOST CITY (Pajhwok): Local officials on Monday warned people not to make transactions in Pakistani rupees beyond Thursday in southeastern Khost province.

The warning came from local civil and security officials during a press conference in Khost city, the provincial capital, today.

The officials said transactions were currently based totally on Afghan currency in Khost city and districts of the province.

Matiullah Ahmadzai, head of Khost governor’s office, told the conference that the governor’s house had resolved all problems in the way of total transactions in Afghan currency in the province.

He said one of the major problems had been shortage of small banknotes which had been resolved by Da Afghanistaninfo-icon Bank (DAB).

“People should not see losses by using Afghan currency, the rates and all other issues that create problems for local currency usage should be resolved, Afghani is our national identity and it should be kept permanently,” he said.

On the other hand, National Directorate of Security (NDSinfo-icon) acting chief for Khost, Col. Mohammad Sharif, said that many groups tried to stop promotion of Afghan currency, but failed.

He warned if anyone used Pakistani rupees for transactions would be taken to task and their money confiscated.

“I repeat, if anyone used Pakistani rupees for transactions beyond next Thursday in Khost city or districts, he would face legal action and his money will be confiscated based on DAB rules,” he said.

Maj. Najibullah Aini, Khost deputy police chief, assured they would work together with other security organs for promoting Afghan currency.

“Security forces, particularly police and intelligence personnel have coordination in promoting Afghan currency,” he said.

On the other hand, a number of Khost residents say the rates of daily used items increased to some extend after the campaign for promoting Afghan currency was launched and Pakistani rupees banned.

Mds/ma

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