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Pakistan Opens Crossing Areas to Allow Afghan Goods

The Nangarhar governor's spokesman, Attaullah Khogyani, said that Torkham crossing has opened to allow Afghan goods into Pakistan on Monday morning.

“As a result of efforts by the central government and the Afghan ambassador to Pakistan, the routes are opened and fortunately the first shipment crossed at Torkham at 10:00 am,” said Nasrullah Sahibzada, Nangarhar's custom director.

On Monday the Pakistan embassy confirmed for TOLOnews that Torkham, Spin Boldak and Ghulam Khan crossings are open for Afghan exports.

Previously, the Afghan Ministry of Commerce and Industries said that Pakistani routes for Afghan exports will be opened six days a week.

“Pakistan sets conditions for exports of our products and makes illogical excuses to exploit the exports for its benefits,” said Zaman Hashemi, the head of ACCI.

Pakistan’s Ministry of Interior in a notification letter has said that the entry points at Torkham and Spin Boldak will remain open six days a week under particularly strict health safety measures to avoid the further spread of COVID-19.

Economic experts have said that Afghan government should raise the issue of trade and transit with Pakistan and help the Afghan business community conduct their exports easily.

Pakistani officials recently said they will allow only 100 trucks a day, which is less than in the past, and these goods will be transferred in Pakistani vehicles that are first bringing 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 closed the crossing points for Afghan goods three months ago. But the Pakistani exports to Afghanistan continued normally during this period.

Pakistan Opens Crossing Areas to Allow Afghan Goods

The crossing was closed three months ago due to an outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The Nangarhar governor's spokesman, Attaullah Khogyani, said that Torkham crossing has opened to allow Afghan goods into Pakistan on Monday morning.

“As a result of efforts by the central government and the Afghan ambassador to Pakistan, the routes are opened and fortunately the first shipment crossed at Torkham at 10:00 am,” said Nasrullah Sahibzada, Nangarhar's custom director.

On Monday the Pakistan embassy confirmed for TOLOnews that Torkham, Spin Boldak and Ghulam Khan crossings are open for Afghan exports.

Previously, the Afghan Ministry of Commerce and Industries said that Pakistani routes for Afghan exports will be opened six days a week.

“Pakistan sets conditions for exports of our products and makes illogical excuses to exploit the exports for its benefits,” said Zaman Hashemi, the head of ACCI.

Pakistan’s Ministry of Interior in a notification letter has said that the entry points at Torkham and Spin Boldak will remain open six days a week under particularly strict health safety measures to avoid the further spread of COVID-19.

Economic experts have said that Afghan government should raise the issue of trade and transit with Pakistan and help the Afghan business community conduct their exports easily.

Pakistani officials recently said they will allow only 100 trucks a day, which is less than in the past, and these goods will be transferred in Pakistani vehicles that are first bringing 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 closed the crossing points for Afghan goods three months ago. But the Pakistani exports to Afghanistan continued normally during this period.

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