Afghans insist that the Pakistani currency should not be used and should be confiscated.
Many people reacted to the report in Pajhwok News that suggested business deals in Afghanistan should be made using Pakistani rupees.
Daily Jang, a Pakistani newspaper, reported that Shawkat Tareen, Afghanistan’s Finance Minister, stated that Afghanistan was facing a shortage of dollars reserves, and that this would explain why Afghanistan would transact in Pakistani rupees.
According to the report, Tareen made statements after International Monetary Fund and World Bank had suspended payments to Afghanistan.
Raha Press reported that Pakistan’s most shocking economy minister told the Senate Economic Committee, “Afghanistan is running out of dollars liquidity these days,” that trade with Afghanistan could be done in rupees (Pakistani Rs).
The report noted that trade transactions in Pakistan were heavily influenced by the Pakistani rupee in the past. This was met with many reactions.
Shaukat stated that the situation in Afghanistan is being closely monitored. Pakistan will send a team of experts to revive the Afghan economy.
These reports led to Afghans launching a social media campaign called “Afghani is Our National Identity”, Pajhwok News reported.
Social media activists often shared slogans such as “We are Afghani residents, Afghani our national identity, and using Afghan currency our national responsibility.”
Abdul Kareem, a social media user, tweeted that he would build his country by himself and will use the currency from his country. All transactions in Afghanistan should be made using Afghan currency. Mohammad Sayeed, another social media user, addressed the Taliban and said that “Survival Of Afghani is completely dependent on you. If Pakistani rupees replace the Afghani here in Afghanistan (Afghanistan), it would be upon you. Afghans will hold your accountable.” The issue was also addressed by a number of pro-Taliban individuals.
Hammad Afghan, one among them, said in a tweet that he wanted to promote the Afghani national currency (Afghani) and enlighten his future. Pro-Taliban Afghan Sheikh Abdul Hamid Hammasi said, “If anyone values Afghan identity and Afghanhood, then they need to use Afghan currency for transactions …”. He also said that the Taliban should inform all officials, businessmen, and people that they will be punished if it used Pakistani rupees.
The report also stated that many others shared similar views and suggested that anyone using foreign currency should be punished.