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