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Traders at Hairatan port complain of high train fare

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MAZAR-I-SHARIF: Traders in northern Balkh province commend facilities at the Hairatan port but complain about high fare of the rail service with Uzbekistan against imports and exports. Haji Khairuddin Mayal, an Afghan businessman, said trade relations between Afghanistan and Uzbekistan improved in recent months. He said they faced no problem importing their goods via the railway link but still some ... Read More »

Taliban to take part in ‘intra-Afghan’ talks in Moscow

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The Taliban say they will participate in what they call “intra-Afghan” talks in Moscow among prominent Afghan figures, including former President Hamid Karzai and tribal elders — but no Kabul government officials. The office of Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has criticized the meeting in the Russian capital, expected on Tuesday, as a gathering of the power-hungry. Zalmay Khalilzad, the US ... Read More »

Gwadar port to be linked thru Afghanistan to Russia

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A strategic port in Pakistan’s southwestern Balochistan province will be connected through Afghanistan and Central Asia to Russia, an official says. “Gwadar is going to be connected through Afghanistan and Central Asia to Russia. We see other regional ports as complementary to Gwadar,” a senior military official said on Thursday. Quetta Corps Commander Lt. Gen. Asim Saleem Bajwa, addressing an ... Read More »

Pakistan loses 70pc of Afghan transit trade to Iranian ports

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Seventy percent of Afghan transit trade goods have been diverted to Iranian seaports due to lack of action by the Pakistan Railways, a business leader said. Ziaul Haq Sarhadi, chairman of the Sarhad Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s Railways/Dry Port Standing Committee, said the trade diversion was inflicting huge losses on Pakistan. Sarhadi said: “It is because of the lack ... Read More »

Kandahar customs revenue surges 22.6pc last year

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KANDAHAR CITY: The customs office of southern Kandahar province last fiscal year collected 7.82 billion afghanis, showing a 13.5 percent increase over the target. The revenue registered a 22.6 percent surge compared to last year’s income at a time when bilateral trade volume with Pakistan has reduced. Mohammad Akbar, Kandahar customs director, told Pajhwok Afghan News that the Ministry of ... Read More »

Taliban tax collectors help tighten insurgents’ grip in Afghanistan

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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 »

Afghanistan’s neighbours fear refugee crisis if US pulls out

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KABUL: Afghanistan’s neighbours, caught off-guard by reports of U.S. plans to withdraw thousands of troops, have begun preparing for the risk that a pullout could send hundreds of thousands of refugees fleeing across their borders, diplomats say. Alarmed by the possibly of a chaotic withdrawal, diplomats from neighbouring countries who have been in talks with U.S. officials in Kabul said ... Read More »

16,000kg of narcotics seized in 3 months: CJTF

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KABUL: Above 16,000 kilograms of drugs have been seized across the country during the last three months and 275 people, including 13 women, arrested in connection with the seizures. Criminal Justice Task Force (CJTF) spokesman Khalid Moahid told a press conference here that the drugs seized included 13,000 tablet-K. He said 82 of the detainees wanted smuggle narcotics via the ... Read More »

Afghanistan Launches National Referral Mechanism and Online Database to Combat Human Trafficking

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Kabul: Afghanistan, with support from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and IOM, has launched a National Referral Mechanism and Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Online Database to strengthen counter-trafficking protection measures in the country. Participants at (16/12) Kabul launch included Afghan government officials from the High Level Trafficking in Persons Commission, representatives of counter-trafficking-related national and international NGOs, UN ... Read More »

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 »