Seized azure truckloads ordered moved to Kabul


KABUL (Pajhwok): The National Security Council (NSC) has directed local officials in northeastern Badakhshan province to move to Kabul for taxation the 64 trucks they had seized ferrying illegally extracted azure.

Badakhshan officials on Sunday said they had seized trucks carrying azure worth 1 billion afs, blaming the smuggling attempt on some influential persons.

The Presidential Palace said the decision came at the NSC meeting chaired by President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani on Wednesday evening.

The Ministry of Interior was also directed to draw plans curbing smuggling of the precious stone, the palace said in a statement.

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