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13 people detained before smuggling dollars to Iran

AT-KABUL: 13 people were arrested in western Herat province as they were trying to smuggle dollars to Iran, provincial official said Friday, informing of a comprehensive crackdowns against money smugglers.

We have taken serious efforts to halt foreign currency smuggling to Iran, said Provincial Governor Spokesman, Ghulam Jilani Farhad, adding, 13 people have so far been detained on this charges.

The arrestment made as Afghani currency lost its value against dollars, and this due to massive smuggling to neighboring Iran. One dollar is accounted for 75 Afghanis.

According to reports, four million dollars are smuggling to Iran on daily basis from Herat.

Last week, Da Afghanistan Bank (DAB) announced offering $32 million to market in order to stabilize Afghani currency.

Months ago, DAB once said it is a temporary problem, terming external reason behind fluctuation in Afghan currency.

In July current year, lawmakers accused the Central Bank Governor of failing in keeping Afghani currency stable against foreign currencies, especially US dollar.

This comes as Afghani has been unprecedentedly failing in the recent weeks, reaching at its lowest level comparing to US dollars.

Unfortunately, the devolution of Afghani has affected prices of the essentials particularly foodstuff as most of the food items are imported.

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