Afghan pres­i­dent bans Pakistani trucks from en­ter­ing Afghanistan

The Miracle - - Pakistan - Source: Dawn.com

Afghan Pres­i­dent Ashraf Ghani has is­sued a de­cree ban­ning Pakistani trucks from en­ter­ing the coun­try via the Torkham and Spin Boldak bor­der cross­ings, ToloNews re­ported. The Afghan Trans­port Min­istry con­firmed the move on Sun­day, say­ing that trucks would only be al­lowed up to the bor­der cross­ings, at which point the trucks will have to off­load their goods and trans­fer them to Afghan trucks, ac­cord­ing to ToloNews. “The Afghanistan and Pak­istan Trade Agree­ment (APTA) has ex­pired. Be­fore this Pak­istan did not al­low Afghan trucks to en­ter its ter­ri­tory. So we [will] do the same, and af­ter this Pakistani trucks will be un­loaded at borders and Afghan trucks will carry the goods to Hairatan and Shir Khan ports,” Trans­port Min­istry Spokesman Hek­mat­ul­lah Qawanch said. It is be­lieved that Ghani’s de­cree will pro­vide a greater num­ber of job op­por­tu­ni­ties for truck­ers and tran­sit com­pa­nies. “Cur­rently there is no work for tran­sit com­pa­nies and the driv­ers are at home,” a direc­tor of a trans­port com­pany, Ab­dul Ghafoor Norzai, said. ”Pakistani trucks go to ev­ery part of our coun­try, but our trucks are not al­lowed to en­ter Pak­istan. We want the govern­ment to do the same to Pak­istan and also help us to be al­lowed to en­ter neigh­bour­ing coun­tries,” said Ab­dul Rauf, the head of a trans­port com­pany.The Afghan Trans­port Min­istry said Kabul would sign tran­sit agree­ments with Ta­jik­istan, Uzbek­istan and Turk­menistan soon, on the ba­sis of which Afghan trucks would be al­lowed to en­ter the three coun­tries, ToloNews re­ported.

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