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Indian exports to Afghanistan via Wagah opposed

Indian exports to Afghanistan via Wagah opposed

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Jan 16, 2020 - 09:54

PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): The Sarhad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) has opposed a proposal for the transportation of Indian goods to Afghanistaninfo-icon through the Wagah border.

The proposal was a violation of the Afghan Transit Trade Agreement (ATTA), a bilateral pact that does not include a third party, according to SCCI president Shahid Hussain.

If implemented, the move would damage local industries in Pakistaninfo-icon, Hussain argued while chairing a joint meeting of trade bodies.

The meeting was held under the auspices of the Pak-Afghan Joint Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PAJCCI) in Peshawar on Wednesday.

Citing WTO rules, he said the proposal was not workable. His view was endorsed by SCCI vice-president Abdul Jalil Jan, PAJCCI senior vice-president Khalid Shehzad, Ziaul Haq Sarhadi and others.

If Afghanistan was allowed to import Indian goods through Wagah, Pakistani products would lose their competitive edge in the market, Hussain said, warning local industries would suffer.

The SCCI chief urged the government to allow the transportation of loose cargo to boost Pak-Afghan transit trade. He also sought an end to the collection of illegal taxes at different checkpoints on main highways.

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