Afghans, not Indians, can use Wagah border: Pakistan
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Afghan traders are allowed to transport their products to India through the Wagah border, Pakistan says, brushing off President Ashraf Ghani’s criticism.
A day earlier, Ghani warned of blocking Pakistan’s land access to Central Asia if it did not let Afghan businessmen take their goods to India via Wagah.
“If Pakistan does not allow Afghan traders to use the Wagah border for imports and exports, Afghanistan will also not allow Pakistan to use Afghan transit routes to reach Central Asia,” he threatened.
In response, Foreign Office spokesman Nafees Zakaria said: “Pakistan is fulfilling its commitment to the Afghan people by providing them the trade transit facility.”
Under the Islamabad-Kabul agreement, only Indian goods could not be imported into Afghanistan through Pakistan, the spokesman explained.
However, the Afghan president’s office later toned down the statement and told journalists he had meant to say that Kabul could consider placing restrictions on Pakistani trade with central Asia via Afghanistan.
Separately, spokesperson for Pakistan’s trade ministry Muhammad Ashraf told BBC Urdu. “Under the Pak-Afghan transit trade agreement, Afghan products go to India through Wagah. There has been no change in this policy in Pakistan.”
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