According to the ministry officials, gas is imported from several countries to Afghanistan to meet the demands; however, it is illegally sent to the neighboring country of Pakistan.
Ministry’s Director of fuel and liquid gas Eng. Farid Sherzai said there is political motifs behind this act that want to bring Afghanistan under economic pressure.
Afghanistan receives its fuel mostly from Russia, Turkmenistan, Iraq and other countries.
According to the reports, fuel prices in the country have sky-rocketed since the past year.
Kabul residents have repeatedly complained to the government about the high prices of fuel in the country and criticized the government for its failure to control prices.
Ministry of Commerce and Industries says the increase in fuel prices in Afghanistan is a result of the high prices of fuel in the international market, but, the main reason, the ministry believes, is the illegal transfer of gas from Afghanistan to Pakistan.
Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries have no documents or proofs about the smuggling of gas to Pakistan. However, if any illegal trade existed, security officials might be involved in the act assisting the smugglers.
Currently, a kilo of liquid gas costs 60 AFN. The prices are more likely to increase with the winter season coming closer.
Last year, Kabul residents had complained to the government for not being able to afford fuel. A kilo of liquid gas was sold at more than 100 AFN last year.