September 20, 2018

Ghani demands access to Amritsar to allow Pakistani trucks to Afghanistan

By Khaama Press - Tue Jul 03 2018, 3:08 pm

President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani says the Pakistani trucks are not allowed to enter the Afghan soil as Afghanistan demands land and railway access to India’s Amritsar.

He made the remarks during a meeting with the members of Nangarhar provincial council during his visit to Jalalabad city.

The Office of the President, ARG Palace, said Afghanistan must reach to a conclusion on an economic plan with Pakistan.

This comes as Ministry of Trade and Commerce and the Private Sector in Afghanistan say the trade volume between Afghanistan and Pakistan has dropped to at least one billion dollars.

In the meantime, reports indicate that Pakistan’s export to Afghanistan has reached to a two-year high during the first 10 months of the current fiscal year despite relations remain strained on political level between the two neighboring countries, it has been reported.

The latest report from the State Bank of Pakistan shows the country’s exports to Afghanistan reached $1.282 billion during July-April 2917-18. This was higher than the figure of $956 million in the same period last year, according to Dawn News.

 “In 2014-15, exports to Afghanistan were $1.699bn which fell to $1.230bn in FY16 before further declining to $1.165bn in FY17, reflecting the downward trajectory,” according to the report.

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