Following the burning of a shipment of Afghan figs in Pakistan, some businesspeople have voiced their concern over the transfer of commercial goods through Pakistan's territory.
Businesspeople asked the current Afghan government's officials to make Pakistan pay for the cost of an Afghan businessman's transit goods that were destroyed.
"This businesspeople should be compensated so that other businessmen will not be disheartened and concerned that they will not be able to continue their work freely,” said Akhtar Mohammad Ahmadi, a businessman.
"Our traders' properties in Pakistan are being set on fire for the second time by unidentified armed individuals. This has caused mistrust between Pakistan and Afghanistan. We kindly ask the Islamic Emirate, in particular the Acting Minister of Industry and Commerce, to visit Pakistan, meet with the Minister of Commerce, and find a solution for this problem soon,” said Zalmay Azimi, a board member of the chamber of commerce and investment of Nanagarhar.
However, the Afghanistan-Pakistan Joint Chamber of Commerce and Investment asked the authorities of both countries to take serious measures to ensure the security of the commercial goods of traders.
"This is not a good thing. The joint chamber of Afghanistan and Pakistan condemns this act and asks the governments of both countries to prevent similar incidents from occurring again because this act has a negative impact on business relations,” said Naqibullah Safi, the head of the chamber.
On Monday, the acting head of the Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Investment, Mohammad Younus Momand, told TOLOnews that a shipment of figs from Afghanistan bound for India was set ablaze by two unknown individuals in the city of Loralai in Pakistan.