The Office of the President, ARG Palace, said President Ghani issued the latest order during a meeting of revenues collection and issues related to customs affairs.
The meeting was organized via video teleconference in which provincial officials including governors, security chiefs, NDS chiefs, customs directors of Herat, Nangarhar, Balkh, Nimroz, Kandahar, Farah, Faryab, Paktia, Paktia, and Khost provinces had also taken part.
The deputy chief of the customs department Najibulllah Wardak shared information regarding the issues related to customs affairs in the beginning of the meeting and said some members of the parliament, provincial council, local influential people, smugglers, local officials, and some district chiefs interfere in the customs affairs and some are even involved in extortion, as he called the issue a major obstacle on the way of revenues collection and customs affairs
President Ghani, quoted in a statement by ARG Palace, said the domestic revenues should be administered properly as he emphasized on comprehensive and resolute steps in this regard.
He said no one has the right to interfere in the affairs of customs departments as he ordered strict actions in pursuit of all officials, including parliament and provincial council members, who are interfering in customs duties.
President Ghani further added that the customs departments should be equipped with the secure systems so that those interfering in customs affairs should be ascertained and such a regulation should be prepared to properly define the presence of armed (military) individuals in the proximity of the customs department.
He also added that the security measures should be put in place to ensure security of the workers of customs departments, according to ARG Palace.