The acting Minister of Mines and Petroleum, Shuhabuddin Delawar, said that a mafia exists in all mine sectors of the country.
Delawar stressed the need to counter domestic and international mafia, saying the international mafia doesn’t want Afghanistan to reach self-sufficiency.
“There is not only one mafia. The mafia exists in various areas. The coal mines have a separate mafia, and talc has a separate mafia. Even there are mafias in our salt mines. The precious and semi-precious stones have separate mafias. Chromite has a separate mafia. flouride has a separate mafia. We are fighting against all of these mafias,” Delawar said.
He said that the ministry has made significant efforts to counter mafia groups and has stopped them from smuggling of minerals.
“The mafia has been prevented now at the national and international level. In the mining sector, the mafias exist at the international level, who do not want Afghanistan to reach self-sufficiency and do not want Afghanistan to stand on its feet,” Delawar said.
Economists said that Afghanistan’s mines have been looted under various titles.
“Based on the national constitution all underground property of Afghanistan belongs to its people. Therefore, any kind of interference in these mines is indeed a national betrayal. Unfortunately, the national traitors are still interfering,” said Sayed Masoud, an economist.
“If the Afghan mines are rescued from looting and corruption, and were extracted professionally, and the minerals were processed inside the country, it would create thousands of jobs and poverty would decrease,” said Azeraksh Hafizi, an economist.
According to the figures, Afghanistan has 1,400 mines.
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