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WJ OKs law curbing fake products

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afghan-parliamentThe Wolesi Jirga on Wednesday approved a draft law on signs of production locations by a majority vote to curb production of substandard materials and counterfeiting products.

The draft law in three chapters and 21 clauses was presented before the house by the Ministry of Justice last month.

Sher Wali, the deputy head of Economic Commission, said the draft, once implemented, would help distinguish Afghanistan’s agricultural, industrial and dairy products from foreign items.

“This law seriously curbs fraud in manufacturing products. For example, no one will be able to sell a product made by others under their own brand name,” he said.

The law’s approval comes amid claims that foreign countries, particularly Pakistan, sell Afghan products under their own brand names.

Under the measure, he said, complaints would be registered and violators punished. As many as 132 MPs voted in favour of the draft law.