KABUL (Pajhwok): Residents of eastern Nangarhar province have asked the Taliban to control prices of food items, including cooking oil and gas.
At the same time, new Jalalabad municipality officials have promised they would deal legally with the elements involved in hoarding.
Ghalib Khan Adil, a resident of Jalalabad, told Pajhwok Afghan that he hoped the Taliban would honour their promises and enforce the law in letter and spirit.
He noted the prices of food items, particularly ghee and gas, had sharply escalated in the past three days due to uncertainty in the city. The new administration should control rates, he demanded.
Abdul Ghafar, hailing from Behsud district, agreed food prices had escalated and some items were not easily available in the market.
He believed traders might have hoarded such items. The Taliban should force the hoarders bring them to the market and keep their prices in check, he said.
Qari Ehsanullah Sajid, the newly-appointed mayor of Jalalabad, said he had launched efforts to control prices and hoarders would be dealt with legally.
He added teams had been set up to control prices. Prices of ghee, gas and other items would be controlled in Jalalabad, he assured.