Pakistan urged to release Afghan-bound tankers
KANDAHARCITY (PAN): The governor of southern Kandahar province, Tooryalai Wesa, on Wednesday urged Pakistan to release thousands of Afghanistan-bound containers of commercial goods stranded there for the past one year.
At a meeting with Pakistani consulate officials in the Governor's House in Kandahar city, Weesa said the transit trade agreement between the two countries paved the ground for the release of the tankers, but the vehicles remained stuck at the Karachi port.
Pakistani Consular, Farmanullah Yusufzai, representatives of traders in the province and other officials attended the meeting.
The governor called for an early solution to the matter.
According to Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries, almost 8,000 tankers have been stranded at the Karachi port for the past one year, inflicting thousands of dollars of financial losses on Afghan traders every day.
Zahir Jan, who imports different edible items from Pakistan, said that several of his tankers were denied in Pakistan to cross into Afghanistan over the past 20 days. He paid $100 per tanker each day in tax to Pakistani government.
The Pakistani officials promised the issue would be discussed with high authorities.
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