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Afghan, Pakistani officials hold talk in Islamabad to address bilateral trade issues

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Fidel Rahmati
Fidel Rahmati
Fidai Rahmati is the editor and content writer for Khaama Press. You may follow him at Twitter @FidelRahmati

 Afghanistan’s ambassador to Pakistan, Sardar Ahmad Shakib, met with Pakistan’s Deputy Commerce Minister, Mohammad Saleh Ahmad Farooqi, to discuss trade issues and emphasized the importance of finding solutions.

The Afghanistan Embassy in Pakistan tweeted that the meeting addressed the challenges faced by Afghan businessmen and drivers at Torkham and Kharlachi ports and the concerns related to Afghan business operations at Karachi ports.

 It was communicated that these issues were causing trade and business activities hindrances. The importance of finding a solution to these problems was emphasized in the meeting.

Meanwhile, Pakistani deputy commerce minister Mohammad Saleh Farooqi comprehensively elucidates the prevailing challenges. He underscored the urgency of expedited resolution for these issues, emphasizing the imperative for prompt problem-solving.

The embassy said that the meeting stressed resolving existing issues, the creation of facilities for business people, and further enhancing bilateral trade and economic ties between the two nations.

Most Afghan nationals needing medical care initially travel to Pakistan for treatment. Meanwhile, Pakistani officials have pledged to permit Afghan patients to enter without visas. However, these officials have not committed to allowing the movement of patients without valid travel documents for medical treatment.

In the wake of the Taliban assuming control of Afghanistan, a significant portion of the Afghan population sought refuge across the border in Pakistan, driven by the compelling factors of persecution, heightened security concerns, and the pressing weight of economic turmoil. 

These individuals hoped to escape the tumultuous environment in their home country and find solace in Pakistan. Paradoxically, even with valid documentation, these Afghan refugees encountered a harsh reality as they crossed into Pakistan. 

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