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Sherpao urges ‘smooth’ AfPak trade ties

AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: Chief of the Qaumi Watan Party, a neo-nationalist political party in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), urged the government of Pakistan to promote bilateral trade ties further with Afghanistan.

At a party meeting in Charsadda district of KP, Aftab Ahmad Khan Sherpao said the other day that the Nawaz-led government should take additional steps to mobilize bilateral trade between the two neighboring countries.

Express Tribune quoted Sherpao as saying, “The issue of tariff, existence of illegal trade gateways and ban of access to duty-free markets are a few obstacles impeding the smooth flow of trade between the two countries.”

He said that traders of the two countries are facing problems at registration points. Kabul and Islamabad should promote the trade through the transport corridor, and unnecessary security check-posts should be removed, Sherpao suggested.

Afghanistan and Pakistan should enhance trade ties, because the two countries suffered a lot from terrorism since 1980s. There is dire need for strengthening economies of the two countries, he said.

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