QNet banned in Afghanistan, staff & promoters jailed
Afghanistan’s Ministry of the Interior has banned QNet nationwide.
Forty QNet staff and promoters in Kabul have also been arrested on fraud charges.
Afghanistan’s regulatory action appears to have taken place mid 2020.
39 of the detained people were sentenced to one and a half years in jail and one to one year and one month imprisonment.
I became aware of the arrests via a March 12th report from Pajhwok, citing an earlier report in Persian from 8am.
Despite the nationwide ban, Pajhwok reports QNet is still illegally being promoted across Afghanistan.
Pajhwok findings show that QNET is an unregistered company with its central office in Shahr-e-Naw locality and regional offices in other parts of Kabul city.
The company is functioning illegally and recruits youth daily offering them the easiest ways to earn money and quickly become well-off.
Some youth told Pajhwok Afghan News they visited the company to get job and money, but after some times when the company received membership fee from them, they realized that the company was deceiving them and the only purpose was snatching money from youth.
A reporter from Pajhwok visited QNet’s Afghan office to confirm illegal operations.
Pajhwok’s report is worh a read. They interview several QNet affiliates who detail an obvious pyramid scheme.
Suhaila Karimi, a graduate of Herat Science Faculty, said … some of her friends are still members of the company who have no way to leave or stay because they made huge investment in the company and was compelled to recruit more people through advertisement.
This tracks with BehindMLM’s published QNet review.
According to Pajhwok, Afghan authorities have confirmed they’ve are again receiving complaints in regards to QNet. Whether any further action is taken remains to be seen.
At the time of publication Alexa traffic estimates suggest QNet is being primarily promoted in South Africa, India and Russia.