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Af-Pak trade: Revival of train service urged

Af-Pak trade: Revival of train service urged

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Sep 25, 2019 - 13:47

PESHAWAR (Pajhwok):  Officials have discussed modalities of strengthening the Pakistaninfo-icon-Afghanistaninfo-icon trade, including a train service from Karachi to Torkham.

Sarhad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) representatives and Pakistan Railways officials agreed on Tuesday to finalise modalities of boosting bilateral trade.

The agreement came at a meeting, chaired by Transit Trade Director Faiz Ali, in Peshawar on Tuesday. Operational issues regarding Transit trade through the Pakistan Railways came up for discussion.

The proposed transit trade operation through Pakistan Railways from Karachi to Peshawar and onward dispatch to Torkham for cross-border shifting was discussed in detail.

Railway officers promised modalities of the proposed transit trade operation would be finalised by October 15 after holding a meeting with SCCI representatives and other stakeholders on October 7.

Earlier, Sarhad Chamber of Commerce and Industry President Faiz Muhammad Faizi and Chairman of SCCI standing committee on railways Ziaul Haq Sarhadi stressed the need for enhancing transit and bilateral trade.

They called for the government to take measures for providing a cheap and secure goods transportation facility.

Faizi demanded a review of the Afghan Transit Trade Agreement (ATTA) and to make it business-friendly.

Sarhadi suggested the re-launch of the cargo train from Karachi to Peshawar and Goods in Transit to Afghanistan to revive the transit route.

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