AT-KABUL: After deadly attacks in Kabul – including the mid-night blast in Shah Shaheed area – for which the Afghan government pointed the finger of blame to Pakistan, Afghans launched a nationwide campaign through social media to say ‘No to Pakistani Products’ and support local products.
The social media users posted pictures of Afghan products – including local-made shoes, dairy products, detergents, home-made cement and others – in order to encourage others to buy them and stop buying Pakistani products.
Mohammad Qurban Haqjo, head of Afghanistan Investment Support Agency (AISA) wrote on his Facebook page that a memorandum of understanding (MoU) will soon be signed to support the quality of local made products and make them standardized.
He wrote: “We are going towards building the capacity of construction steel bars. If the industry was supported and we were able to extract iron from Hajigak Iron Ore we will not only afford the need for inside the country but also we will be able to become one of steel exporters in the region and in the world.”
Khan Jan Alokozai, the deputy of Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) in an interview with TOLOnews the other day said that if the situation prevails and Afghans stopped buying Pakistani products, national traders will not import the products of that country anymore.
A Facebook user, Nagina Salah, wrote that she really likes Afghan products and she wants to buy them all the time.
Another social media user, Haseeb Kohistani, commented that the government should help the local products to step towards standardization.
Another user, Shapoor Ahmadi, wrote that “we have been fed up with using Pakistani products. We don’t want to use them anymore. We want Afghan products only.”
He requested the government to find a low-cost energy source and ensure security countrywide, and then encourage national investors to invest in Afghanistan and produce local products.
Anisa Azizi, a Facebook user, said there are 17 local products which are completely self-reliant, therefore, we should use our own products and encourage others to do so.
The Ulema Council of Kabul in a rally on Thursday asked the citizens not to use Pakistani rupees in eastern provinces anymore.