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Car dealers on hunger strike against Cabinet decision

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Car dealers on hunger strike against Cabinet decision

More than two dozen car dealers from eastern Nangarhar province on Sunday went on a hunger strike against a recent decision of the Cabinet.

On Tuesday, the Cabinet decided that 3,800 vehicles — awaiting legal documents — at the Nangarhar Customs Department be disassembled and their parts sold.

Car Dealers’ Union head Haji Malang claimed the Council of Ministers had allowed some months back issuance of registration documents for vehicles with right-hand steering wheels, which are unathorised in Afghanistan.

Speaking to Pajhwok Afghan News, Malang slammed the Cabinet decision as unfair. He said the dealers would continue with their hunger strike as long as the decision was not revoked.

Another member of the union, Haji Abdul Hakim, warned Nangarhar-based car dealers would suffer a loss of $33 million (1,650 million afs) if the vehicles were disassembled and sold as parts.

“With our business on a nosedive, we will remain on strike till the government retracts its cruel decision,” remaked the trader.

Visiting the hunger strike camp on the Pakhtunistan Road along with his colleagues, provincial council member Zabihullah Zmaray stoutly supported the protesting traders.

He accused the governor of failing to keep his promises regarding assistance to provincial traders. Zmaray alleged registration documents for vehicles with right-hand steering wheels had been issued, because a number of ministers had imported such cars.

Eng. Mohammad Qasim Yousafzai, the Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce chief for the eastern zone, said the government had given the importers three months to arrange documents for their vehicles.

While assailing the authorities for failing to ensure the clearance of vehicles stuck at the Karachi port in neighbouring Pakistan, he said they had taken up the issue with the Cabinet and the Wolesi Jirga speaker. However, the talks have been inconclusive so far.

Source: Pajhwak News Agency by Abdul Mueed HashimionJun 3, 2012 – 15:54

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