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Afghan Drivers’ Strike Halts Afghan Exports to India at Attari-Wagah Border

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Saqalain Eqbal
Saqalain Eqbal
Saqalain Eqbal is an Online Editor for Khaama Press. He is a Law graduate from The American University of Afghanistan (AUAF).

After truckers started a protracted protest and strike, the export of goods from Afghanistan to India through the Attari border crossing in Amritsar, India is interrupted.

Indefinite protests by truckers from the neighboring country were started, calling for the release of a fellow driver whose truck 435 grams of heroin were allegedly found in, India’s The Tribune reported.

Pathan Abdul was detained at the Integrated Check-Post (ICP) after the Indian Border Security Forces allegedly discovered a packet of illegal goods, heroin, concealed next to the mudguard of one of the truck’s rear tires that was packed with Afghan dry fruits.

While the Punjab Police received the driver from the border security force for further investigation, t he drivers had urged the Indian government to release Abdul claiming he is innocent.

The Tribune reported that according to Afghan truckers, some Pakistani traffickers may have used a magnet to attach the contraband to the truck’s metal base while it was crossing Pakistan.

They urged the Indian government to free Abdul, the family’s sole provider and the father of three daughters.

An importer claimed that in the morning, several trucks carrying dry fruits reached India, and the supplies stopped there.

He warned that a protracted strike could be scary for the dry fruit industry because demand was at an all-time high because of the festival season in India.

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