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Hundreds of cargo vehicles stranded at Torkham

Hundreds of cargo vehicles stranded at Torkham

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May 12, 2020 - 08:50

PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Hundreds of Afghanistaninfo-icon-bound trucks remain stranded t Torkham due to snail-paced customs clearance, officials say.

The Slow process of clearance and the arrival of hundreds of more loaded vehicles from Karachi have caused management chaos besides creating security issues.

Via a recent notification, the Interior Ministry directed authorities at Torkham to clear only 100 loaded vehicles on a daily basis and that too only in daytime.

As the border reopened for trade in the first week of May, a large number of the stranded vehicles rushed to Torkham, leading to traffic congestion.

Citing figures from the district police officer (DPO), a leading Pakistani newspaper reported on Monday that 700 loaded vehicles were awaiting clearance at Torkham.

Another 250 vehicles were ready for moving to the border from the National Logistic Cell terminal in Jamrud, Dawn said.

Additionally, the newspaper added, up to 900 loaded vehicles were parked on both sides of the busy highway from the Shah Kas Levies Centre to the Takhta Bag checkpost in Jamrud.

The sudden influx of a large number of loaded trucks posed a security threat to vehicles besides affecting the flow of traffic on the road leading to Torkham, confirmed DPO Mohammad Iqbal.

The police officer blamed representatives of transporters for misusing their authorisation to recommend the movement of 100 trucks from Takhta Bag to Torkham.

“Unfortunately, the transporters’ representatives have started taking illegal money from trucker, promising them out-of-turn journey to Torkham for early clearance,” he said.

As a result, the transporters’ representatives have been removed from the Takhta Bag check-post on the basis of complaints against them.

Ziaul Haq Sarhadi, president of the Frontier Customs Clearing Agents, confirmed 7,500 containers loaded with Afghan Transit Trade goods were still waiting at the Karachi port for onward journey to Torkham and Chaman.

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