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Ghazni businessmen who aid Taliban warned

Ghazni businessmen who aid Taliban warned

May 06, 2017 - 19:14

GHAZNI CITY (Pajhwok): The governor has said some businessmen and tribal elders in southern Ghazni province give ushr (a 10 per cent tax on harvests) to the Talibaninfo-icon who use the aid to buy weapons.

Abdul Karim Matin alleged, while addressing a gathering here late on Friday night, that there were some people who were with the government at day time but with the rebels at night.

He said those who paid usher and zakatinfo-icon to the Taliban should understand their aid was used to buy landmines and weapons for killing innocent people.

The governor said instead of giving money to Taliban, it should be invested in building hospitals and schools for children. “The Taliban do nothing except conducting destructive activities.”

In a reference to pro-Taliban individuals, the governor said: “You do business in the city, and take ushr to Taliban in districts. You should be on one side.”

He termed such people as partners of rebels and said they shared all crimes and bad deeds the Taliban were committing.

Ghazni police chief Brig. Gen. Aminullah Amarkhel also said individuals who helped insurgents should either shun the practice or close their businesses in the city.

The police chief said if such individuals continued to financially support the Taliban their shops and businesses would be sealed.

Money-exchangers’ head in Ghazni, Sayed Ahmad Ahmadzai, said businessmen and shopkeepers instead of giving money to Taliban should assist ordinary people.

He told Pajhwok Afghan News there were families in Ghazni city who had nothing to eat and were in severe need of aid.

There has been so far no word from insurgents in this regard. However, the militant group had earlier denied asking people for ushr as they willfully brought the aid to the Taliban.


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