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Afghanistan's Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) Monday said substandard fuels are entering the Afghan local market and called for the Afghan National Standards Authority (ANSA) to increase its observations.

The request comes as the Ministry of Commerce Oil and Gas Enterprise Department reduced prices on the fuel following pressure from the Gas Sellers Union.

The government has fixed the price for one kilo of liquid gas at 50 Afs. (US$0.98), a decision accepted by the Gas Sellers Union in coordination with the ACCI.

"We made the decision to reduce the price of liquid gas in the market based on the request from Gas Sellers Union," said Rahimullah Hamid, executive director of Kabul Chamber of Commerce and Industries.

The Ministry of Commerce has asked police to be alert to expensive gas sales.

"We called the police stations and elders to prevent expensive sales within the market, and not to allow the sellers and retailers to sell liquid gas for more than 50 Afs a kilo," said Faridullah Sherzai, head of Oil and Gas Enterprise Department.

Residents are still objecting to the high price of liquid gas in the capital Kabul and asked the ACCI to carry out enhanced observations of the oil substances being used.

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