TAWDE KHABARE: Border Closure Discussed
Torkham and Spin Boldak crossings into Pakistan have been closed to Afghanistan’s goods for nearly a month and according to Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI), this has resulted in the loss of hundreds of thousands of AFs to local businessmen.
According to the ACCI, dozens of trucks, loaded with goods, especially dried and fresh fruits and cotton, have been stuck at the Torkham and Spin Boldak crossings for weeks.
“Now we have no trust in promises made by Afghanistan and Pakistan governments. Because they have repeatedly said they will address these problems, but they do not. Now if these crossings are opened, traders are sure that Pakistan will again close them by making different excuses,” ACCI spokesman Seyam Pesarlay said.
Ministry of Commerce and Industries (MoCI) officials meanwhile said if Pakistan does not open the crossings for Afghan goods, Afghanistan will in turn stop Pakistan goods from coming in to Afghanistan.
In this episode of Tawde Khabare host Zabi Sadat discusses the topic with the following guests:
Mohammad Youns Mohmand, ACCI deputy chief
Zia Zia, economic analyst
Shoaib Rahim, economic analyst