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Allow vegetable imports from Afghanistan, Islamabad asked

Allow vegetable imports from Afghanistan, Islamabad asked

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Jun 04, 2020 - 10:02

PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): The government of Pakistaninfo-icon has been urged to allow the import of vegetables and fruits from Afghanistaninfo-icon to contain prices of onion and tomatoes in the local market.

Although the government had announced round-the-clock opening of Torkham border, the decision was yet to be enforced, complained the head of the All Pakistan Agricultural Produce Traders’ Federation (APAPTF).

Sohni Malik Mohammad Ali told journalists here on Wednesday the Durand Lineinfo-icon was opened only for 12 hours daily. Only 60 vehicles carrying export items and 200 trucks of Afghan transit trade goods were allowed, he claimed.

If imports from Afghanistan were not allowed immediately, prices of tomato and onion would sky-rocket in the local market, the APAPTF chief warned.

Trucks loaded with perishable commodities were not allowed to cross into Afghanistan, with each vehicle having to wait for at least four days at the border, Sohni grumbled.

He noted trade between Pakistan and Afghanistan had hit an all-time low as many businesses had shifted to the Iran border. He blamed the government for failing to increase the trade volume with Afghanistan.

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