Ministry clarifies media reports on Pak-Afghan transit trade
The Commerce Ministry on Tuesday clarified media reports regarding the draft of the Afghanistan Pakistan Transit Trade Agreement (APTTA) and termed them baseless and contrary to the facts.
“Some of these reports are not based on facts and are causing unnecessary confusion and misgivings in the mind of the public,” said a press release issued by the ministry. “The Afghanistan Pakistan Transit Trade Agreement has not been signed between the two countries yet,” it added. A ministerial level meeting was held between the commerce and finance ministers of Afghanistan and Pakistan on July 17. The ministerial meeting resolved certain outstanding issues. The note of the meeting was signed at the Prime Minister’s Secretariat on July 18. “The Afghanistan Pakistan Transit Trade Agreement would be drafted in a due course and signed by both sides after completing the respective procedural and legal formalities,” the press release said.
The ministry clarified that Indian exports to Afghanistan were being transported through Karachi Sea Port since 1965. No Indian exports to Afghanistan would be allowed through Wahga border, the ministry said. The press release stated that the Afghan trucks would only use designated routes on the Pakistani soil.
Source: Daily Times