Indian media reports that the border tensions between Afghanistan and Pakistan, along with the closure of the Torkham and Chaman border crossings, have harmed trade between New Delhi and Kabul.
The “The Times of India” newspaper has reported that ongoing border tensions between Afghanistan and Pakistan, along with the continued closure of the Torkham and Chaman border crossings for days, have had a detrimental impact on trade between New Delhi and Kabul.
According to the report, on Tuesday, only one truckload of goods was transported from the Attari-Wagah border to Afghanistan, whereas this figure used to reach 10 trucks per day previously.
As per the report, the closure of these border crossings has compelled Indian importers to reroute their goods through Dubai to reach Delhi, leading to an increase in the prices of goods in Indian markets.
One of the merchants from the Indian Chamber of Commerce stated that trade exchanges between India and Afghanistan have reached their lowest point, as reported by the Time of India.
Meanwhile, traders in Afghanistan have stated that the border closures between Afghanistan and Pakistan have caused millions of dollars in losses, and they are advocating for further enhancing trade between India and Afghanistan through the Chabahar port.
Additionally, the Economic Affairs Counselor at the Indian Embassy in Afghanistan emphasized the importance of increasing trade through the Chabahar port via Iran during the Regional Initiative on Afghanistan held in Kabul.
Recently, tensions have arisen between the Taliban-led government in Afghanistan and Pakistani officials, especially in the run-up to Pakistan’s general elections. These tensions have resulted in the temporary closure of the Torkham border crossing. Pakistani authorities have raised concerns about increased insecurity in Pakistan, which has further strained the relations between the two neighboring countries.