Saleh introduces Nangarhar governor and 16 others to the Attorney General office due to corruption

Authors:
Shershah Nawabi and Mohammaddin Agharkhil
The fight against corruption and order in society is now at the heart of the country’s first vice president’s work. The Pasbanan Media Group News Agency has recently obtained evidence that the country’s first vice president has introduced several senior government officials, including some heads of state and governors, to the Attorney General’s Office. The first vice president has found these officials guilty without evidence and has introduced them to the justice institutions. In his 13-page documents, the First Vice President instructed the Ministries of Finance, Interior, Industry and Trade, Transport, Foreign Affairs, Mines and Petroleum, the National Environment Agency, the Chamber of Commerce and Investment, and the Attorney General’s Office to Address the challenges facing investors and introduce those involved in corruption to the Attorney General. But the Attorney General says that the case of any of these people has not been sent to them, and the Ministry of Finance, in connection with their investigations, says that this issue is not over yet.
The beginning of the story and the efforts to solve the challenges facing the merchants:
In letter No. (2478) dated 15/October/2020, it is written that the first vice president: “To urgently address the problems related to corruption and sabotage in the way of merchants and industrialists in the central zone, on 19th May The first meeting of the merchants and industrialists took place at the first vice president office. The first vice president Listen to the reports of traders and craftsmen highlighted the problems and obstacles that the esteemed departments and ministries should take serious measures to eliminate and report as soon as possible.”
Corruption documents
At this meeting, the first vice president reviewed and identified many challenges, including extortion of re-exported items, the government’s position on stopping extortion by customs officials, and introducing those involved in corruption to the Attorney General’s Office.
The 13-page documents issued by the First Vice President and made available to the Pasbanan Media Group include the Ministries of Finance, Interior, Trade and Industry, Transport, Foreign Affairs, Environment Department, Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Investment, and The Attorney General’s Office has been instructed to address the problems.
The most prominent challenges for investors and traders:
In the meeting that was held on 10/October/2020 in the office of the First Vice President of the country, heard the competent delegations and related authorities considered the following issues as significant challenges for people in business, which include the following:

Extortion of re-exported items; Stopping shipments in Torkham port and extortions by commissioners and people related to the governor, extortion of ten thousand afghanis from each shipment by people related to the commissioner and governor of Nangarhar, the intervention of the Nangarhar governor in customs under the pretext that the prices of goods in the country Rising customs tariffs in Pakistan – up from 6,000 afghanis per ton of grapes, now reach 20,000 afghanis; Obtaining Barjameh product (packing credits) by Pakistan Customs; Imbalance to allow export, import and extortion shipments from traders through the economic mafia under the name of Labor Commission, a person representing the fruit traders union extorts ten thousand afghanis from each shipment, extorting more than ten million afghanis in one day. Identifying the person (persons) and introducing them to the Attorney General, establishing a customs committee and a trader to coordinate between the fruit trader and the customs; Extortion by individuals related to the governor of Nangarhar; Stopping shipments for a long time and spoiling fast perishable goods; High customs tariff without change following domestic production and several other cases that have caused many challenges.
Introducing senior government officials and the economic mafia to the judiciary:
Eventually, at this meeting, it will be decided that the first deputy will nominate 17 people to the Attorney General’s Office, which will include:
1- Introducing Zia-ul-Haq Amarkhail, Governor of Nangarhar to the Prosecutor’s Office;
2- Nasir Sahak: (Director of Mobile Surveillance) Introduced to the Prosecutor’s Office on charges of extortion and bribery;
3- Haji Pashtun: in (Kabul Customs) accused of extortion and bribery;
4- Kheyal Paghmani: extorting money from shipments and allowing them to pass;
5- Introducing the General Director of Hamid Karzai International Airport to the Attorney General;
6- Introducing the Border Police Commander of Hamid Karzai International Airport to the Attorney General;
7- Introducing the commander of Hamid Karzai International Airport Block on the charge of extortion to the Attorney General;
8- Investigation of the General Directorate of Revenues of the Ministry of Finance due to extortion;
9- Introducing of Haji Ghulam Qader, the big mafia of Sorkhakan scales, on the charge of extortion;
10- Introducing Hamed Sarvari, the big mafia of Chahar Asyab Patak, accused of extortion;
11- Introducing Haji Javid Arab, the big mafia of Pul-e-Charkhi scales, accused of extortion;
12- Introducing Golmorad Torkham Port Labor Commission on charges of extortion;
13- Introducing of the Torkham commander customs on charges of extortion;
14- Introducing several employees in Kabul customs on extortion charges;
15- Introducing Gol Mohammad Arab Mafia on charges of extortion;
16- Introducing people affiliated with the governor of Nangarhar to the prosecutor’s office;
17- Introducing the commissioner of Torkham to the prosecutor’s office on charges of extortion and corruption;
People related to corruption
Some people have been introduced to the Attorney General by the First Deputy, and besides, several other decisions have been issued by Amrullah Saleh to the relevant ministries, which are subject to the following guidelines:
• Introducing the director of mobile care to the Attorney General;
• Sharing the list of corrupt people with the First Deputy Office;
• Discuss the APTA Memorandum of Understanding with the Presidential council;
• Negotiate with the Pakistanis for transit through the Emirati-managed port of Qasim;
• Four percent tax should be taken once a year;
• Airport problems to be resolved within a week;
• Solve the problem of extortion patrols of Pol-e Charkhi and Bagh-e Davood;
• Propose to Russia, through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, that a packaging company be inspected for goods in Afghan ports;
• Simplify the taxation process;
• The merchant should share the list of corrupt commissioners with the first vice president office;
• The process of export, import, and empty intermediaries should be solved by the Deputy Minister of Customs;
• A warning should be sent to Gul Mohammad Arab so as not to cause problems to the businessman, and Gul Mohammad’s case will be referred to the prosecutor’s office;
• Finally, the list of merchants will be shared with the first vice president
In response to these cases, the country’s first vice president office said that Mr. Saleh’s office is serious in its actions and will try to pursue this issue decisively. Zia Worsaji, a member of the media office of the first vice president, told the Pasbanan Media Group news agency in response to the cases mentioned in the report: “In a meeting that Mr. Amrullah Saleh, the first vice president, had on the 10th October with the private sector of the central zone, several businessmen and The workers claimed that several individuals linked to the governor of Nangarhar in the province’s Torkham port and customs were extorting from each consignment, and there were also allegations of extortion and bribery to allow businessmen to consign from Kabul airport. These allegations have led the First Vice President, Amrullah Saleh, to the relevant departments and ministries to investigate these allegations and take serious measures to address the problems related to corruption and sabotage among traders and industrialists.”
The inattention of government institutions in these cases:
The relevant departments have been negligent in pursuing this issue and have not taken any practical action in this regard for nearly four months; Only the Ministries of Finance, Trade and Industry, and the Attorney General’s Office are among the few institutions that responded to this. In response to a Pasbanan Media Group reporter question, the Ministry of Finance said that a group from the ministry had gone to Nangarhar a month ago to investigate the allegations. Fardin Maarefti, the Deputy Spokesman of the Ministry of Finance, said: “The Ministry of Finance’s audit team went to Nangarhar Customs a month ago to follow up on the matter is under investigation. The investigation process has not been completed yet, according to the audit report. The Ministry of Finance is not complete and is not at our response yet. You can be sure that the Ministry of Finance has acted in light of the rules and regulations, and we will take the appropriate measures.”

The Attorney General also says that no case has been handed over to them so far. Jamshid Rasouli, the spokesman for the Attorney General’s Office, said: “So far, no case has been submitted to this office regarding the problems of people involved in customs corruption, and no person has been reported to the Attorney General.”
On the other hand, Fawad Ahmadi, spokesman for the Industry and Trade Ministry, said: “The Afghan government, especially the Ministry of Industry and Trade, does not accept the existence of corruption in ports and customs under any circumstances and tries to catch those who commit corruption and anyone Who misappropriates the treasury, we act following the orders given to us by the First Vice President and make all our reports available to them. Our emphasis and belief are that corruption in customs and Ports should be eradicated. »

But the Ministries of Interior, Foreign Affairs, Transport, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Afghan Chamber of Commerce and Investment declined to comment, and most spokespersons turned off their phones. Meanwhile, people accused of corruption in the Nangarhar governor declined to comment. However, sources close to the governor say the first deputy governor apologized to the Nangarhar governor four months ago, and sources at the Hamid Karzai International Airport said that profiteers prepare this list.
These government officials had introduced to the judiciary at least two months ago when President Ghani directly instructed the first vice president to respond to the fight against corruption committee. At the Geneva summit, the international community and donors made their aid conditional on Afghanistan, which is considered one of the critical conditions for a decisive fight against corruption.