Security officials of the Taliban in the Afghan capital Kabul said that they have arrested 21 suspects in exchange market-Sara-e-Shahzada-who wanted to smuggle dollars to neighboring Pakistan.

Officials have also claimed that $18 million have been seized from the people.

In the meantime, provincial officials in Khost province claim to have arrested a number of smugglers in the province who intended to smuggle dollars to Pakistan.

It comes after the interim government of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan directed security officials to arrest those who smuggle dollars out of Afghanistan and hold them countable as national traitors.

The economic commission of the IEA led by Deputy PM Abdul Salaam Hanafi made the decision after Afghani (currency) exchanged for its lowest cost ever.

The devaluation of the local currency doubled the prices of foodstuff and oil that worsened the already disastrous humanitarian situation in Afghanistan.

It is believed that smugglers buy dollars in Kabul and smuggle it out of Afghanistan which leads to a lack of dollars in cash and thus devaluation of local currency.

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