Kabul: Pakistan has imposed new restrictions on the transit of Afghan commodities, the Joint Chamber of Afghanistan-Pakistan Commerce on Monday said.
The new restrictions announced by Islamabad will create hurdles for traders to transfer their products through Karachi port. Najibullah Safi, head of the Joint Chamber, told media that the Pakistan government has increased the invoice of commodities from 300 to 600 percent on goods such as tyres, electric devices, medicines and oil and sugar.
Meanwhile, Mohammed Younus Momand, acting head of the Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Investment (ACCI) emphasised that Pakistan’s action is not according to international norms. He stressed that the new restrictions will affect the transit and businesses between Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Officials of the Chamber of Commerce and Investment say that Pakistan exports 2 million tons of fresh fruits and other materials through Afghanistan to the Central Asian nations. Khanjan Alokozai, a member of the ACCI, said, “They also import gas and oil and cotton as well steel from Central Asia. It will affect Pakistan itself and the Central Asians.”
Meanwhile, a delegation of Taliban has visited Islamabad to resolve the matter. Akhundzada Abdul Salam Jawad, the spokesperson for the Ministry of Industry and Commerce (MOIC), said that if Pakistan placing more pressure on the Afghan investors and private sectors we will think to other alternatives. He added that “We are trying to solve this and our representatives have gone to discuss it”.
As per the news report, Afghanistan imports its commodities from China, Indonesia, India and European nations through Karachi port.