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ACCI criticizes police extortions in highways

By: Shukria Kohistani

Afghan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) and truck drivers complaining from police extortions and saying police taking illegal taxes from their trucks which is unlawful.
In Kabul-Kandahar, Herat and Kabul-Jalalabad and Kabul-Mazar-e-Sharif highways, there are tens of cases of complaints about taking of extortion from their trucks.
At the same time the ACCI also criticizing taking extortion by police in these highways and saying so far, the issue yet to be addressed, asking Ministry of Interior to pay serious attention in this connection.
Deputy of ACCI, Khan Jan Alokozay said despite efforts made by presidential palace and ministry of interior, taking the extortion from trucks drivers didn’t end so far. Alokozay added that now, in all highways, especially in the highway of Islam Qala-Herat, police taking extortion from truck drivers in the name of customs-control. He also regarded taking extortion by opponent armed groups as additional transport expenditure paying by drivers.
He mentioned that within previous years, the government took some measures to end taking extortion from trucks, but those measures could not solve the issue.
In very days of 1391 solar year, with the issuance of a decree, the presidential office tasked a delegation for ending of extortions in customhouses and highways but Alokozay laying emphasize that corruption has prevented the decree to be executed.
Meanwhile, Marwa Amini deputy spokeswomen at the ministry of interior said that this ministry would continuously investigate the accusations and complaints existed in relation with police extortions from drivers. She didn’t refute limited cases of extortion by police in highways but said the ministry would spare no efforts to address the issue and reduce the illegal taxing.
Criticizing police extortions comes at the time that based on some reports, a police officer has shot a truck driver in Kabul-Kandahar highway. Existing extortions in the highways is one of basic challenges that the drivers expressed their concern time and again.
It is unknown the income of these extortions is gained by government or pouring in the pockets of irresponsible individuals.
The drivers saying, they pay some money to police or government, or opponents and eithers inside of the cities that majority of these extortions are illegal. The government especially the ministry of interior should investigate the issue.

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