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Pakistan receives first Afghan export since pandemic began

Pakistan Afghan export

Pakistan received the first Afghan export via three major border points after nearly three months since the COVID-19 pandemic hit the country.

After almost 3 months of coronavirus pandemic, Pakistan received the first afghan export via three major border points. Atif Mashal the Afghan Ambassador to Pakistan spoke a news agency that several trucks full of vegetables and fresh fruits arrived Pakistan through the Chaman and Torkham border on Monday, crossing with KPK, Afghanistan and Baluchistan province crossing in North Waziristan tribal district.

The first Afghan truck entered Pakistan at 10:30 through the Torkham border that made the formal recommencement of exports in Pakistan. A Pakistani border official in North Waziristan Ghani-ur-Rehman told reporters that proper standard operating procedures (SOPs) were adopted during the cross-border trade in view of the coronavirus pandemic.

Moreover, trade operation will be going on for six days a week and Saturdays will be kept reserved for pedestrian movement for crossing terminals. All the steps have been taken under the necessary protocols for coronavirus pandemic.

According to the statement of ministry, Pakistan opened its two border terminals at Chaman and Torkham border for the transportation of trade and to export to Afghanistan at Kabul’s request.

Pakistan and Afghanistan are the trading partners and the largest market for Afghan exports. “The opening of Gwadar port in southwest Baluchistan province has further strengthened bilateral trade ties.” In 1956, landlocked Afghanistan and Pakistan signed a transit trade agreement that was revised in 2010.

Importing goods via Gwadar port was also allowed besides using the port in Karachi.

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