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Afghanistan not harmed by decrease in Pakistan trade

AT-KABUL: Afghan markets are not harmed by the decrease in business relations with Pakistan, the chamber of commerce and industries said, amid an unprecedented reduction in the two countries’ relationships.

Khan Jan Alokozai, deputy head of the chamber, said that the commercial decrease badly harmed Pakistan’s economy and even some of its companies were at the edge of bankruptcy.

“We have enough goods in our markets and there is no problem. The imports of wheat, cement, construction materials and foodstuff from Pakistan are decreasing that harms Pakistan government and private sector. Their transportation is hurt and these events make Pakistanis revive business relations with us,” Alokozai said Sunday.

The ceiling of trade with Pakistan has fallen from three billion dollars to one billion dollars a year, according to the ministry of commerce.

Head of Pakistan’s chamber of commerce and industries, Zahedullah Shinwari, said that the business with Afghanistan would be over if political problems were not solved.

Tough policies held by Pakistan, closure of border point and political differences are called as main reasons of the trade decrease.

Mir Saeed Saeedi, an official at the ministry of commerce, said that they had already found alternatives in business.

“We were dependent on Pakistan in the past, but now, we have several alternatives,” Saeedi said.

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