Traders asked not to import low-quality fuels


KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai has asked Afghan traders to avoid importing low-quality fuel and gas that cause pollution in the country.

During a biweekly address to the nation on Friday night, Karzai said air pollution created respiratory problems and other health hazards to women, children and old men.

He urged residents to take concrete steps to keep Kabul clean, the most populated city in the country. He recalled his government's decision to declare Thursday a public holiday in Kabul to reduce pollution levels in the city.

Karzai identified power generators, brick kilns, bakery shops, burning of rubber, tyres, plastic and use of low-quality fuels as major factors behind pollution.

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