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Abdul Rashid Dostum Alleged for Preventing Amu River oil Extraction

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Abdul Rashid Dostum Alleged for Preventing Amu River oil Extraction

The Afghan National Security Council (NSC) had accused General Dostum, the former powerful Jihai commander, for intervening in the extraction process of an oil basin in northern Sar-ePul province, one of Dostum’s strongholds in northern Afghanistan. The accusation is based on a set of documents that the NSC claims to have received from the Ministry of Mines proving that Chinese engineers have complained about interruption in the extraction process from local warlords related to Dostum.

The documents also claim that the warlords make demands for “illegal financial benefits”. Some engineers have also received threats, according to Deputy Attorney General Rahmatullah Nazari.

A government delegation is heading to northern Sar-e-Pul province to investigate the allegations.

“General Dostum should surrender to law, if proven guilty” added the Deputy Attorney.

A Sar-e Pul MP and member of the Dostum-led Junbish-e Mili Party, Sayed Anwar Saadat, dismissed the allegations and called it a “government conspiracy” to defame his party leader.

NPC, a Chinese state- owned, won the contract for the exploration project of the Amu River basin last year.

The project would reward the government with USD 7 billion in revenue over the next 25 years with annual revenue of USD 400 million.

The success of the project would signal green light to foreign investors and would be a big step towards economic development.

150,000 barrels of oil are expected to be extracted from the wells until the end of this year and the production would be increased to 300,000 barrels until 2013. Afghanistan would soon be standing among other oil-rich nations.

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