Pak to revive Afghan exports with India by Wagah from Wednesday

Islamabad, July 13

Pakistan mentioned on Monday that it’ll restore Afghanistan’s exports by the Wagah border with India from Wednesday on the particular request of Kabul and to facilitate Afghan Transit Trade.

Pakistan closed the Wagah border with India in mid-March within the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

“At the special request of the Government of Afghanistan and with a view to facilitating Afghanistan’s transit trade, Pakistan has decided to resume Afghan exports through Wagah border crossing from 15 July 2020, after implementing COVID-19 related protocols,” the Foreign Office mentioned in a press release.

The FO said that with this step, Pakistan has fulfilled its commitments beneath Pakistan-Afghanistan Transit Trade Agreement (APTTA).

It additionally mentioned Pakistan stays “fully committed” to bettering bilateral relations with Afghanistan in all areas, together with commerce, and to facilitate Afghanistan’s transit commerce beneath the settlement.

Mohammad Sadiq, the Pakistan Prime Minister’s Special Representative for Afghanistan, mentioned that his nation has already restored bilateral commerce and Afghan transit commerce in any respect border crossings.

Pakistan and Afghanistan share 18 crossing factors. Pakistan closed its border with Iran and Afghanistan after COVID-19 circumstances elevated within the nation early this yr.

Pakistan final week opened the Angor Adda level in South Waziristan and the Kharlachi crossing in Kurram districts bordering Afghanistan to spice up commerce between the 2 nations after months-long closure because of the coronavirus pandemic.

While the Angor Adda was operationalised on Friday, two days forward of its scheduled opening, the Kharlachi was reopened on Saturday.

Last month, Pakistan reopened Torkham crossing in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, Chaman level in Balochistan and Ghulam Khan in North Waziristan tribal district to advertise bilateral enterprise and commerce actions. 

Pakistan has to date recorded 5,266 coronavirus fatalities and greater than 251,000 circumstances.

According to officers, Pakistan is the most important importer of Afghani merchandise, whereas Afghanistan is the 4th largest vacation spot for Pakistani exports. — PTI

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