According to Afghan security officials, Uzbekistan is interfering to prevent implementation of oil extraction project in northern Amu River oil basins.

This comes as the first oil extraction project was officially launched in northern Sar-e-Pul province of Afghanistan yesterday.

An Afghan security official speaking on the condition of anonymity said they have achieved reliable documents and evidences which reflect interference of neighboring Uzbekistan intelligence to prevent oil extraction in Amu River.

The extraction of oil deposits in northern Afghanistan was awarded to China’s National Petroleum Corporation last December.

According to reports Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostum, leader of the National Movement Party of Afghanistan and a member of the national coalition party, the main anti-government opposition also created barriers to prevent operations in northern oil fields.

Ministry of Mines of Afghanistan also expressed concerns regarding regional interference to create problems in major natural resources of Afghanistan.

A spokesman Jawid Omer said regional intelligence agencies have created barriers towards natural resources extraction projects in the country.

However it is yet not clear whether allegations against Gen. Dostum have any connection with the recent reports suggesting interference by Uzbekistan to stop oil extraction in Amu River.

In the meantime an Afghan security official speaking on the condition of anonymity said a number of Gen. Dostum’s commander’s have been paid by Uzbekistan to create barriers for Amu River oil extraction project.