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Rise in drug-related crimes worries ‘Powder Street’ dwellers

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KABUL: Residents of Sehkhana street in capital Kabul say their concerns have increased about drugs sellers and related crimes in the area where a murder also happened two days ago. Murtaza Hazara, a resident of the area that falls in the 10th district of Kabul City, told Pajhwok Afghan News that heroin locally known as ‘power’ was openly sold in ... Read More »

Afghanistan, China ink MoU on expanding trade ties

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KABUL: Afghanistan and China on Wednesday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on expanding trade relations by supporting small and intermediate businesses. The MoU was signed between acting Afghan commerce and industry minister KamelaSediqui and her Chinese counterpart Zhong Shan here. Kamela Sediqui said the MoU would help expand trade cooperation between Kabul and Beijing and provide support to small ... Read More »

High raw materials tax hits Kandahar industry output


KANDAHAR: Traders and industrialists in southern Kandahar province say they are struggling with numerous problems and the government instead of facilitating them is adding to their miseries. They say the government has increased tax on around 800 types of raw materials from 15 percent to 20 percent, resulting in increased prices of domestic products. Haji Nasratullah Zahir, head of Kandahar ... Read More »

Taliban tax collectors help tighten insurgents’ grip in Afghanistan


KABUL: Every two months, Mohammaddin visits a tax collector in Chardara district, in northern Afghanistan, and is given receipts to show he has paid his tax and utility bills. The service is professional, he says, though the paperwork he receives does not bear the name of state-owned power company Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat, which provides the electricity, but instead carries ... Read More »

Be careful in trade via Chabahar port, US envoy tells Afghans


KABUL: US envoy to Afghanistan John Bass on Wednesday said his country would also impose curbs on Chabahar Port if Afghan traders violated American rules about trade with Iran. The US officially re-imposed sanctions on Iran, which had been lifted under the 2015 nuclear deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). The US President Donald Trump ... Read More »

Afghanistan as Partner Country at India International Trade Fair


Afghanistan seeks unique opportunity in the India International Trade fair as a partner country that begins in New Delhi from 14 November, 2018 supported by India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO), Government of India. IITF is essentially an important pathway for Afghanistan to showcase their products, explore business relationships and to establish competitive edge in the growing markets across the region. ... Read More »

Black scorpion smuggling in Afghanistan is big business


KABUL: The trade of scorpion hunting in Afghanistan, though unregistered, has been around for years but has become a lucrative business in the past few months. A local dealer from western Herat province said Herat and neighboring Farah, with vast scorching deserts, have become the common hunting ground for shepherds and poor local residents who spend hours and sometimes days ... Read More »

19 people imprisoned over drug smuggling charges

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KABUL: The Criminal Justice Task Force (CJTF) sentenced 19 people from one to 13 years in prison over drugs related offenses. A statement from the CJTF received by Pajhwok Afghan News said the convicsts included a woman and they were sentenced from one to 13 years in jail by the primary and appellate courts of the CJTF during the last ... Read More »

Destined to India, 27 held with drugs in Herat

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HERAT CITY: Twenty-seven people have been arrested over allegedly attempting to smuggle heroin to India at the international airport in western Herat province, an official said. Mohammad Nasi rNeknam, border police commander at the airport, told at a press conference in Herat City, the detainees were captured in seven separate incidents, trying to smuggle heroin to India. He said the ... Read More »

Opium smuggling into Punjab still soaring as Afghan poppy growth spikes


CHANDIGARH: There is expected to be no let-up in smuggling of opium into Punjab despite a crackdown on smugglers and peddlers by the Special Task Force (STF) and Punjab Police, following a huge rise in opium production in Afghanistan, which reached 9,000 metric tonnes last year. “As India falls on the southern route (the Arabian Sea and Indian Ocean space, ... Read More »

5000 Afghan Birds Smuggled in a Year


Smugglers have stolen nearly 5000 birds out of Afghanistan in the past 12 months, taking them to various countries particularly the Gulf nations, Afghanistan Environment Protection Agency (AEPA) said. AEPA head Mustafa Zahir said that geese and falcons are the most popular birds for smugglers, mostly taken from the northern provinces. “Unfortunately bird smuggling is continuing in the country, especially ... Read More »

Instability, drought may affect Afghan economic growth in 2018: ADB


KABUL: Afghanistan’s economy in 2018 is now projected to grow slower than the previous forecast due to the challenging security and political situations in the country and the impact of severe drought in the first half of the year, says a new Asian Development Bank (ADB) report. In an update of its flagship annual economic publication, Asian Development Outlook (ADO) ... Read More »

Investors ‘Leaving Country’ As Insecurity Increases

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Officials from Afghan Traders Council in Dubai on Sunday said that a big number of Afghan and foreign investors have transferred their capitals from Afghanistan to Turkey and United Arab Emirates over the past year due to an increase in insecurity. They urged government to maintain security of investors in the country. “Security is the only demand of investors from ... Read More »

Tajik Jets Bomb Drug Smugglers in Afghanistan


Afghan officials say airplanes from neighboring Tajikistan bombed and killed six drug traffickers on the Afghan side of the border, after a clash killed two Tajik border guards. Officials from Takhar province in northern Afghanistan said smugglers, along with the Taliban, are active in a small forest near a river in Darqad district on the border of the two countries. ... Read More »

Man arrested for smuggling US currency from Afghanistan to Iran


A man has been arrested for smuggling 38,000 U.S. dollars from Afghanistan to Iran, an Afghan official said Tuesday. The cash was being carried to the neighboring country in cement truck, said Jelani Farhad, a spokesman forthe border province of Herat. The discovery was made at the border, he said. A total of 50 people have been arrested for smuggling ... Read More »

Trump’s Iran Sanctions Trigger a Booming Cash Smuggling Business

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For traders in Afghanistan’s main currency exchange, U.S. sanctions against Tehran have created the ultimate arbitrage play — one that involves frequent trips to neighboring Iran with smuggled cash. At the bustling, three-story Sarai Shahzada market in Kabul, one trader sitting in a booth piled high with grimy banknotes explained how he and others use taxis to bring suitcases full ... Read More »

5000 Afghan Birds Smuggled in a Year


Smugglers have stolen nearly 5000 birds out of Afghanistan in the past 12 months, taking them to various countries particularly the Gulf nations, Afghanistan Environment Protection Agency (AEPA) said. AEPA head Mustafa Zahir said that geese and falcons are the most popular birds for smugglers, mostly taken from the northern provinces. “Unfortunately bird smuggling is continuing in the country, especially ... Read More »

Pravda: C.I.A. Increases Drug Smuggling in Afghanistan To Fund Proxies All Over the World


One million women and 100,000 Children Drug Addicts in Afghanistan. “Thanks to the U.S. invasion, Afghanistan is a narco-state today,” says the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan’s representative. At least one million women and 100,000 children are drug addicts in Afghanistan, said on Sunday (March 11) the head of the anti-drug department at the public health ministry of ... Read More »

Corrupt Combatants Fight for Control of Lucrative Afghan Drug Trade


LASHKAR GAH: Afghans have an expression: “Well, whatever has happened, we are still skinny.” In other words, they have not gotten rich yet, try as they might. It is an expression heard often here in Helmand Province, the southwestern region that is the world capital of opium and heroin production. Afghanistan accounts for 90 percent of the world’s heroin; more ... Read More »

Afghanistan Wants Kabul-Tehran Trade Deals Exempted From US Sanctions


Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) has pleaded the US to exempt Kabul-Tehran trade deals from sanctions on Iran as the country heavily relies on the Iranian port of Chabahar to improve its economy. US President Donald Trump warned today that any country doing business with Iran will not trade with the US as the first set of US sanctions ... Read More »