Afghan govt bars Pak-Afghan Bus Ser­vice

Pakistan Observer - - INTERNATIONAL -

OUR COR­RE­SPON­DENT LANDIKOTAL—Thou­sands of pas­sen­gers in­clud­ing men and women of old age and chil­dren are await­ing to travel and cel­e­brate Eidul Fitr with their rel­a­tives in Afghanistan and Pak­istan as some of the Afghan trans­port mafia backed by the Afghan gov­ern­ment has barred the Pak-Afghan Dosti Bus ser­vice in Afghanistan, the Bus man­age­ment said on Satur­day.

Haji Nasir Khan, the man­ag­ing direc­tor of Pak-Afghan Dosti Bus ser­vice, said that his Dosti bus ser­vice was sym­bol­iz­ing friend­ship be­tween peo­ples of Pak­istan and Afghanistan. He said it has been halted by the Afghan gov­ern­ment to run be­tween Jalal­abad and Pe­shawar, hardly a few days be­fore Eidul Fitr.

Haji Nasir Khan said that he had started pas­sen­gers’ Bus ser­vice be­tween Pe­shawar and Jalal­abad in 2006. He said six to ten buses daily cross the Torkham border while five to eight hun­dreds pas­sen­gers of both the coun­tries pre­ferred to travel on Pak-Afghan Dosti Buses.

“I met with Gen­eral (R) Pervez Mushar­raf in 2006 and re­quested him for start­ing bus ser­vice be­tween Pak­istan and Afghanistan. A li­cence was is­sued to me after I ful­filled all the re­quired doc­u­ments”, re­called Nasir and added that since then his 15 buses and taxi cabs were pro­vid­ing trav­el­ling ser­vices to thou­sands of pas­sen­gers to and from Pak­istan via Torkham border.

He said due to re­cent ten­sion over the Torkham gate in­stal­la­tion be­tween the two neigh­bour­ing coun­tries, his bus ser­vice also suf­fered. He said a month ago Dosti Buses stopped its ser­vices as Afghan trans­porters with the help of the Afghan gov­ern­ment warned them not to en­ter Afghanistan.

He said daily sup­ply of Pak­istani news­pa­pers and mag­a­zines to Afghanistan done through his bus ser­vice has been also halted. He said with the halt and sus­pen­sion of his buse ser­vice, sev­eral work­ers in­clud­ing driv­ers and other crew mem­bers have lost their jobs.

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