KABUL (Pajhwok): Apart from five each official Vehicle Registration Plates (VRP) for the Wolesi Jirga and the Mesharano Jirga administrative panels, all other plates associated with the parliament are fake, the Ministry of Interior (MoI) said on Tuesday.
Without going into details, MoI deputy spokesman Nasrat Rahimi said so far a number of individuals who used vehicles with fake VRP associated to the Parliament had been arrested and handed over to the authorities concerned.
He said talks with the Traffic Department were going on distribution of separate VRP to parliamentarians in order to avoid illegal acts.
According to Pajhwok Afghan News, tens of vehicles carried registration plates associated to the Parliament and most of the parliament members said some colleagues had themselves made illegal and fake car plates.
Rahimullah Ghaleb, deputy head of the Wolesi Jirga secretariat, said five VRPs (1 to 5) and as many VRPs associated to the parliament in black color had been awarded to administrative panels of the both houses and the remaining plates were fake and illegal.
He said the issue had often been shared with security institutions to stop the movement of these vehicles.
Lawmaker Dr. Ramazan Bashardost said most of lawmakers during the past 10 years had made such plates.
He claimed some VRPs associated with the parliament had been used for drug trafficking and in blasts, a fact the former MoI minister had acknowledged in the house.
Lawmaker Jummadin Gayanwal said some of lawmakers had themselves created and used fake registration plates.
He was unaware of the exact number of these plates but said most of the lawmakers used them.
Haji Hameedullah, a resident of Kabul City, said: “A lawmaker offers his vehicle with parliamentary VRP against $3000 monthly fare to businessmen.”
He said businessmen who had contacts with lawmakers rented their vehicles in order to move freely and stay safe from mafia and other groups.