The Taliban security officials in Helmand province claim to have prevented 50 wheat-laden trucks from unlawfully crossing the border.
On Monday, May 30, the wheat trucks were captured on the Herat-Kandahar highway, according to Hafiz Rashid Helmandi, the Taliban’s Director of Information and Culture for Helmand province.
He further said that the vehicles were loaded in the “Company” area of Helmand province’s Washir district and to be taken to Pakistan.
Despite the fact that wheat smuggling to Pakistan has been prevented, Afghanistan is in urgent need of imported flour and wheat.
According to the World Food Program, one in every two Afghans does not know when their next meal will be and where will it come from.
The Taliban recently claimed that they have ceased exporting wheat to other countries due to rising unemployment and an increase in the community’s population, citing food security as a reason.
This comes at a time when the Taliban have already prevented the Afghan weaponry from being illegally transported and smuggled to Pakistan.