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Traders, drivers accuse Torkham custom officials of ‘extortion’

16 Jan 2019 Afghanistan Times

AT-KABUL: Some traders and truck drivers say that officials in the Torkham custom office take illegal money from them, and do not allow them transit their goods until they give illegal money.

Meanwhile, presidential office says that a delegation was

dispatched to Nangarhar province to investigate corruption in the Torkham

custom office.

Torkham is a border point with Pakistan from which most of

imports-exports to Pakistan take place.

The traders and drivers said Tuesday that the delegation did

nothing to prevent corruption. Hundreds of traders and truck drivers staged

demonstrations to protest the corruption and illegal extortion.

They also claimed that police in the border point take money

from them and make problems for their works if they refuse to give money.

The traders and truck drivers said that widespread

corruption in the Torkham custom office had caused lull in their daily

businesses.

They warned to continue demonstrations if their problems are

not met.

Officials in Nangarhar province say they were investigating

complaints over corruption in the custom office along with the government’s

delegation.

Original Link: http://www.afghanistantimes.af/traders-drivers-accuse-torkham-custom-officials-of-extortion/

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