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Acting finance minister refuses MPs’ demands to reveal corruption in custom offices

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KABUL: Acting Finance Minister Khaled Payenda who was expected to attend the parliament’s Monday session and disclose corrupt officials in the custom offices, did not attend the session. His absence in the parliament caused reactions from lawmakers.

Payenda said this week that millions of dollars are embezzled on daily basis in the port customs.

He accused some members of parliament and government officials of having hands in illegal appointments and embezzling of money at the customs.

The lawmakers in the Monday session urged investigating corruption in the customs offices and disclosing the names of those persons who were involved in embezzlement of money.

Deputy finance minister attended the parliament session but bare-handed as the legislators expected to be informed about the persons who were involved in embezzling of money but the lawmakers did not allow him to attend the session.

Mir Rahman Rahmani, parliament speaker stressed the names of the corrupt individuals to be disclosed soon and warned of seriously investigating the issue.

He called on the parliament’s secretariat to summon the minister of finance soon to disclose the names of corrupt persons.

Some lawmakers said that minister of financeshould be referred to the attorney general office if he failed to prove his claim.

The absence of minister of finance in the session sparked reaction from some lawmakers.

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