After three months Pakistan has opened its routes for Afghan goods which can be sold in Pakistan or be transferred on to India, but with some new restrictions, according to an official from the Ministry of Industry and Commerce.
Pakistani officials have said they will allow only 100 trucks a day, less than the past, and these goods will be transferred in Pakistani vehicles that first bring goods from Pakistan to Afghanistan. According to the ministry, at least 500 trucks entered Pakistan from Afghanistan on a daily basis before the lockdown.
“Pakistan has offered us two options,” said Jawad Dabir, head of media at the Ministry of Industry and Commerce. “One of these options is that the vehicles that bring Pakistani goods to Afghanistan will transport Afghan exports (to Pakistan).”
Afghan entrepreneurs said that by offering such options, Pakistan wants to reduce the Afghan exports to Pakistan and those through Pakistan to India.
“Pakistan should apply the same policy, as it was ahead of the lockdown in which there was no limitations on Afghan exports,” said Sardar Mohammad, an Afghan trader. “Such limitations will create big problems for our exports.”
A member of the Commerce and Industries Chamber, Mohammad Yunus Mohmand, said the conditions applied by Pakistan are in contravention of the international laws, and that the government should try to implement these laws.
“We have been assured that Pakistan’s routes will be fully opened,” said Mohmand.