Pakistan to open third trading route with Afghanistan

09:32 PM | 20 Jun, 2020
Pakistan to open third trading route with Afghanistan

ISLAMABAD – Adviser to Prime Minister on Commerce Abdul Razak Dawood said Saturday that the Ghulam Khan crossing point is being opened as third major trading route with Afghanistan to immediately clear the backlog.

In a tweet after his meeting with Afghan ambassador Atif Mashal in Islamabad, Dawood said this comes in addition to government's decision to open Torkham and Chaman crossings for transit trade six days a week.

He informed the ambassador that Afghan imports will be allowed at all three crossing points from Monday subject to following of Covid-19 SOPs.

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Prominent businessman and Former Senior Vice President of Pak-Afghan Joint Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PAJCCI) Zia-ul-Haq Sarhadi welcomed the government's decision.

In a press statement, Zia-ul-Haq Sarhadi said it was a welcoming development that government has allowed both import and export to Afghanistan while ensuring all COVID-19 related SOPs and protocols.

He said imposition of barrier on Pak-Afghan trade due to prevailing pandemic of coronovirus has badly impacted business community and other people associated with this trade in both the countries.

With allowing of trade six days a week from three borders will also reduce burden on Torkhem, Zia added.

He also welcomed allowing unlimited number of trucks to pass on daily basis for both Afghan Transit Trade and Bilateral Trade.

According to a notification issued by Interior Ministry on June 19,2020, Saturday will be reserved for pedestrian movement on Torkhem, Chaman and Ghulam Khan border terminals.

Zia expressed the hope that resumption of trade will help in stabilization of Pak-Afghan trade besides creation of job opportunities for hundred of thousands of people who lost livelihood due to slump in business caused by COVID-19 pandemic.