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Chaman border closure hits hard on Afghan traders


Kabul: The Kandahar Chamber of Commerce and Industry says that the blocking of the Spin Boldak-Chaman crossing has cost Afghan traders millions of Afghanis.

Abdul Baqi Bana, the deputy of this department, told Voice of America on Saturday that the property of Afghan businessmen is stuck on both sides of the border.

He added “the export of goods like pomegranates, vegetables, onions, cucumbers, apples, plums, and many agricultural products have stopped and this process has been delayed.”

Meanwhile, according to this business activist, Afghanistan is an importing country and most of the goods of the southern zone are imported through the Chaman border.

He added that if the Chaman border crossing is not opened as soon as possible to the trade and transit, many properties of Afghan businessmen on both sides of the border will be destroyed.

On the other hand, many ordinary citizens of the country who travel to and from Pakistan through Spin Boldak border have also faced problems due to the blocking of the border.

This is despite the fact that the Spin Boldak-Chaman border crossing was closed to trade and transit between the two countries after unknown gunman opened fire on Pakistani soldiers, according Taliban spokesperson.

The government of Pakistan has asked the Taliban to hand over a person who is suspected of killing a Pakistani security force to the authorities of that country.

The Deputy Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Kandahar province asked the authorities of Afghanistan and Pakistan to prevent the commercial relations between the two countries be sacrificed to political issues.

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