Afghan Member of Parliament Zahir Qadir on Monday's Parliament session said that he has about $365
Zahir Qadir Must Provide Capital Legitimizing Documents: Analysts
Afghan Member of Parliament Zahir Qadir on Monday's Parliament session said that he has about $365 million assets and there is no need for smuggling.
Parliament member Zahir Qadir's recent speeches about his personal assets raised waves of reactions against him.
A number of Afghan analysts said that the possession of so much money with Zahir Qadir is questionable and these analysts asked him to provide capital legitimizing documents.
"These assets belong to Afghan people and that these are snatched by the powerful figures which is questionable," Faizullah Jalal, a university lecturer told TOLOnews.
"When a person has 3 to 4 hundred thousand dollars per month expenditure, where does he get the money from? The money could be earned by smuggling drugs or either through corruption," Mir Abid Joenda, a civil society activist told TOLOnews.
"In the past, the total amount of wealth of a person never reached ten million dollars but today the amount has scaled new heights and people in the past ten years have amassed numerous assets," Azrakhsh Hafizi, Head of Managing Delegation, Afghanistan International Chamber of Commerce told TOLOnews.
"With the past background these people have, I don't think the money earned is legal, most of the money is black money," a Kabul resident told TOLOnews.
Parliament member Zahir Qadir recently said that he owns about 300 vehicles and his monthly expenses are about 3 to 4 hundred thousand dollar per month.
"My asset is worth $365 million but at that time I was not a Parliament Member, number of MPs have raised objections seeking an explanation from Qadir regarding the source of the assets," Zahir Qadir Said.
It comes after Afghan Finance Minister revealed the names of lawmakers that he claims are involved in smuggling and other illegal activities on Monday.
The Finance Minister Hazrat Omar Zakhilwal was summoned to the parliament over his comments about the involvement of a number of lawmakers in illegal activities including smuggling of alcohol, fuel and flour.
The Finance Minister accused Mohammad Zahir Qadir, Mohammad Naeem Lalai Hamedzai, Mohammad Arif Rahmani, Mahmmod Khan Sulaiman Khil, Azim Mohsini and Samiullah Samim of making illegal demands and being involved in smuggling.