The Ministry of Commerce and Industry said that to facilitate visas for Pakistan, a joint commission will be formed, which will include the representatives of the Afghan Foreign Ministry and the Embassy of Pakistan.
Nooruddin Azizi, acting Minister of Commerce and Industry, said both sides will work to address the challenges of the people in getting visas.
“They will be holding meetings and discussions for an easy and better mechanism to issue visas to the people of Afghanistan,” he said.
Some Kabul residents said that they have waited for weeks to get a Pakistani visa, but their requests are rejected.
“We ask the authorities to make the process easier to obtain visas, because there are some patients whose health conditions are critical,” Laiq Ahmad, a resident of Kabul told TOLOnews.
“If we apply for the visa now, it will take over two months to be issued, sometimes the visa comes, sometimes it is rejected,” said Sohrabi, another resident of Kabul.
Afghanistan’s Chamber of Commerce and Investment (ACCI) said that Pakistan has also made the process of issuing visas for businessmen difficult.
“We hope that Pakistan and Uzbekistan issue visas for the private sector and businessmen who have trade relations with neighboring countries, so they can carry on their affairs in a better way,” said Khairuddin Mail, deputy of the ACCI.
Meanwhile, it is expected that a tripartite meeting between Kabul, Islamabad and Tashkent will be held to increase trade and transit.
“We are sure that good agreements will be made with Uzbekistan and the problem will be solved,” Azizi said.
After the political change in Afghanistan, except for Iran and Pakistan, most countries have stopped issuing visas to the citizens of Afghanistan.