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Pakistan trade with central Asia relies on Afghanistan


Kabul: The Pakistan Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Hina Rabbani Khar said that the current situation in Afghanistan, and other issues including terrorism, poses a challenge to economic and trade relations of Pakistan with Central Asian nations.

She said that Afghanistan has a positive effect on the expansion of Pakistan’s trade with Central Asian countries.

Speaking at a one-day international conference on Pakistan’s Strategic Frontiers via a video link, organized by the Institute of Strategic Studies, Islamabad (ISSI), she said that Afghanistan offers immense opportunities in terms of realization of Pakistan’s vision to becoming a trade and energy connectivity hub and integration of South, Central, and Western Asia.

However, she said the current political situation coupled with the threat of terrorism poses a challenge for the region. She said that the full potential of Pakistan’s relationship with the Central Asian Republics is largely unexplored due to the situation in Afghanistan.

Afghanistan exported more than $1 billion worth of commodities in 1401 (solar) year. Nearly $744 million has been exported to Pakistan.

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