The Chamber of Commerce and Investment said that based on the agreement between the authorities of the Islamic Emirate and Pakistan, up to 300 containers of goods currently stopped at the port of Karachi are going to go to Afghanistan starting tomorrow (Monday).
The head of the Administration of this chamber told TOLOnews that Pakistan's stopping of containers full of transit goods in Karachi port has caused huge financial losses to the merchants of the country.
"According to the agreements, starting from Monday, tomorrow, Pakistanis will allow 300 cars a day and Afghan businessmen's property to come to the country so that our businessmen can get rid of this problem." said Khan Mohammad Sarfraz, head of the secretariat of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
However, the spokesman of the Islamic Emirate said that all the ports in the neighboring countries are important areas for the growth of trade and development of transit and asked the businessmen to use the ports of various neighboring countries, including the port of Karachi.
"All our businessmen should participate in this process and import goods through different routes so that the volume does not overwhelm one port and one route, so if we face problems like we did in Karachi port it will not cause much loss," Zabihullah Mujahid said.
At the same time, some economic analysts, referring to the unilateral decisions of the Pakistani government against the commercial and transit goods of Afghan merchants in the port of Karachi, emphasize the expansion of commercial and transit activities through the alternative ports of Karachi.
"The best way would be if we think of alternative ways. Because the Pakistanis have always created transit and border problems, whenever the time for exports reaches them, they open the discussion,” said Abdulnasir Reshtya, an economic analyst.
Meanwhile, relations between Afghanistan and Pakistan have been tense in the past few months.
Border conflicts, stoppage of transit goods at Karachi port, and the forced deportation of Afghan refugees from this country are some of the actions that cast a shadow on the relations between the two countries.