According to Taliban security authorities in Nimroz province, 12 fuel trucks imported from Iran were found to be carrying poor quality fuels and were barred from entering Afghanistan.

After being evaluated at the Norm and Standards Department laboratory, 12 trucks carrying 500,000 liters of fuel imported from Iran were discovered to be of low quality, according to Qari Abdul Rahim Hudhaifa, director of crime control at the Taliban chief of police office in Nimroz province.

In the presence of the Taliban governor for the province, the provincial police chief, the National Directorate of Security representative, customs, and the Norm and Standard department, he added, this amount of fuel was returned to Iran.

Previously, at a meeting the economic commission, chaired by Taliban Deputy Prime Minister Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, decided that a team would be responsible for identifying low-quality petroleum products and prohibiting the import of low-quality oil and gas.

Oil truck drivers have expressed their dissatisfaction with the Taliban’s move, which was made without preconditions.

One of the drivers, Osman, believes that oil importers’ responsibilities should be established by law.

Meanwhile, a number of Nimroz province locals praised the Taliban’s move, stating that poor-quality oil was causing serious problems with air pollution and urban order.

Author

  • Saqalain Eqbal is an Online Editor for Khaama Press. He is a Law graduate from The American University of Afghanistan (AUAF).