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Coal enterprise stops coal sales after threats

Coal enterprise stops coal sales after threats

Apr 13, 2016 - 22:23

AIBAK (Pajhwok): The coal enterprise in the northern zone has stopped selling coal extracted from the Shabashak coalmine in northern Samangan province after receiving threats from powerful individuals, causing nearly three million afghanis loss to the government daily, an official said on Wednesday.

Eng. Dad Mohammad Zazai, the coal enterprise head for northern zone, told Pajhwok Afghan News the enterprise had stopped selling coal since Saturday due to threats from some ‘powerful individuals and thugs’ to engineers and executive officers of the enterprise.

He said the problem was only related to the coal from Shabashak coalmine in Dara-i-Sauf Bala district.

The enterprise engineers in the past too had received threats from powerful individuals, Zazai said, without providing the nature of the threats.

He said the issue had already been shared with local officials and the enterprise could not distribute coal until the powerful individuals were taken to justice and punished.

The Dara-i-Sauf Bala district chief, Ahmad Ali Hussaini, said the coal sales had come to a halt due to problems in the coalmine.

He said the government was currently suffering from three to four million afghanis loss on a daily basis due to the halt and hundreds of workers were affected.