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Open border for fruit-laden trucks, Islamabad asked

Open border for fruit-laden trucks, Islamabad asked

Sep 27, 2018 - 09:02

PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Fruit and vegetable dealers have warned of halting trade with Afghanistaninfo-icon and locking markets in Pakistaninfo-icon if the Torkham border is not reopened in 24 hours.

All Pakistan Agricultural Produce Traders Federation office-bearers allege hurdles are being created for them by Customs officials at the Torkham border.

Malik Sohni, president of the federation, told a news conference at the Peshawar Press Club on Wednesday that fruit and vegetable consignments were hampered at the border deliberately.

Other members of the federation, including Pir Ali Marjan, Mohammad Shafiq, Ibrahim, Ilyas Khan and Muhtaram Gul were also present on the occasion.

The government of Imran Khan was trying to boost diplomatic ties with Afghanistan, but officials in Torkham were creating problems for exporters and importers, Sohni regretted.

He added the traders had been paying billions in taxes, but their problems were not taken care of. Stopping of fruit-laden trucks at the border without any reason was unacceptable, he continued.

There was no shortage of fruits and vegetables and hence no reason to hike prices, he argued, saying the rates of such items would further increase if the issue was not resolved

Both traders and consumers had to face financial losses due to the unannounced closure of the border, the federation president complained.

“We cannot sell rotten vegetable and fruits. We are ready to stop bilateral trade if the government doesn’t resolve the matter within 24 hours.”


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