Kabul, Afghanistan – Ministry of Transportation and Civil Aviation (MTCA) said Saturday its department sees a significant drop on trafficking of gold, cash and drugs at Kabul airport over the past 8 months – a timeframe the Islamic Emirate has been ruling the country since the takeover.  

A spokesman for the MTCA stressed they have taken measurable steps to prevent these assets from being trafficked outside Afghanistan, saying “we have scanners and a committed team” for the job.

“There are forces from the Interior Ministry and other departments,” said Imamuddin Ahmadi, a spokesman for the MTCA, as TOLOnews quoted. “They are preventing the trafficking.”

While the ministry cherishes the significant drop on gold trafficking, analysts have other views, saying the drop is expected as international flights to and from Kabul has greatly reduced since last August.

“There are no flights. There are only flights to Tehran and Moscow,” a political analyst Wali Frozan explained. “It is natural then that the trafficking will be stopped in such a situation.”

However, analyst Najibullah Jami credits the Islamic Emirate government for playing role in controlling drug trafficking in and out of Afghanistan, saying such a drop shows the “decisive intent of the government”.  

“The drug smuggling has dropped at Kabul airport and at other ports across the country,” he said. “This shows the decisive intent of the government to counter these issues.”   

In August 15, 2021 the Taliban took control of Afghanistan, rolling back the foremost achievements of the post-2001 reconstruction efforts on overall growth of the country.

Afghanistan Economy in a Glance

The ongoing political crisis since the takeover last August has “hit hard” private sectors in Afghanistan, where businesses were halted and put to uncertainty, according to a latest survey conducted by the World Bank.

Due to shortage in sells, private companies have laid off more than a half of their employees on average, a rising concern on unemployment rate in the country. 

“The majority of surveyed businesses reported a drastic decline in consumer demand for their products and services and have been forced to scale back operations, reduce investments, and lay off employees,” the report said.  

According to the survey, small enterprises have been hit hardest with about 38 percent of them seizing operation, comparing to a 25 percent among medium and 35 percent among large businesses in the country. 

The finding shows Afghan domestic inputs have become more expensive and yet difficult to obtain due to supplier closure and supply chain disruptions, which all lead to price inflation since the beginning of political uncertainty. 

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