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Pakistan’s Business Chambers stymie Export of Indian Goods to Kabul through Wagah land border

Transportation of Indian goods to Afghanistan through the Wagah border will be a violation of the Afghan Transit Trade Agreement (ATTA), which is a bilateral pact between Pakistan and Afghanistan and does not include a third party (InDIA), as it would harm local industries in Pakistan according to media reports from Peshwar.

Both Pakistani government and business establishment have been against movement of Indian goods through that country to Afghanistan forcing New Delhi to hire a terminal in the Iranian port Chabhar to take goods to Afghanistan bypassing Pakistan. But transportation through that route has not taken off since the railway connectivity between the Iranian port and the Afghanistan’s western province is yet to be established.

We are against such use of ATTA to take Indian goods to Afghanistan as it would harm our economy,” Sarhad Chamber of Commerce and Industry(SCCI) acting president Shahid Hussain said while presiding over a joint meeting of traders’ bodies to discuss the proposed amendments in the ATTA. The meeting was held under the auspices of Pak-Afghan Joint Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PAJCCI) in Peshawar on January 15th.

Allowing Afghanistan to import goods from India via Wagah-Attari border violation of Pak-Afghan Transit Trade Agreement

He said that the proposal to allow Afghanistan to import goods from India via Wagah-Attari border was contradictory to the Pak-Afghan Transit Trade Agreement and against the interest of local industries, which could create serious problems for Pakistani products in market. He referred to the WTO rules and said that the proposal was not workable.

Those who shared their views on this occasion included SCCI vice-president Abdul Jalil Jan, PAJCCI senior vice-president Khalid Shehzad, secretary general Ms Faiza, its former SVP Ziaul Haq Sarhadi, director joint chamber Numanul Haq, Women Chamber of Commerce and Industry president Ms Rukhsana Nadir, director Khyber chamber Jawad Hussain, honorary consul general of Tajikistan Said Mehmood, Syed Ali Hammad, Syed M Zubair, Tufail Gurwara, Farooq Ahmad, Imtiaz Ahmad Ali, Ammar Ansari and Gul Rehman.

SCCI says it will violate ATTA, harm local industries

If Afghanistan allowed importing Indian goods, Pak’s products remain not competitive

The Chamber said in a statement that if Afghanistan was allowed to import goods from India via Wagah border the Pakistani products would not remain as competitive in market that would ultimately damage the local industries and trigger joblessness. The proposal was unacceptable keeping in view the interest of local businesses.

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